Possibility of second-hand industrial machinery in Africa

Possibility of second-hand industrial machinery in Africa


SIDO(Small Industries Development Organization) is the association managed by Tanzanian Ministry of Industry and Trade(MIT).

Here, research and prototype creation activities of various small-scale projects are made to promote industrialization in own domestic.
SIDO also plays a role as Small business incubation facility.

The purpose of this facility is below,
「To provide technology, management guidance and facilities necessary for small business management.And strive to improve the business situation through establishing basic infrastructure, industrial clusters, financial support system, and so on.」

Do they actually function properly?
To check it, I visited the facility and watched it.
As a result, within the facility there were only relatively primitive industries such as furniture manufacturing and assembly, processed food manufacturing, printing industry.

(Small office and laboratories in SIDO)

While going through hearing,
“Industrial machinery is overwhelmingly short of food processing and printing, so we can not produce it efficiently”
Many people told that there is a present condition.

The same answer response came back when I went to other African countries(Zambia,Uganda,Rwanda).
And even I asked friends and acquaintances in West African countries(Nigeria,Cote d’Ivoire,Gambia), the same reply came back.

So we can say,
「There is a possibility that acquisition of industrial machinery may become a bottleneck in promoting industrialization.」

Let’s look at Japan here.
Currently in Japan, small and medium-sized enterprises have old-fashioned industrial machinery.
Many of them are active, of course, but many small and medium enterprises are shutting down their business recently.

If used second-hand industrial machinery to Africa will not only contribute to promotion of industrialization in Africa but also from the viewpoint of effective utilization of resources should be a useful effort.

It seems that there is room for discussion about commercialization in this field.

For example,
“How do we take care after delivering these secondhand-machine?”
“How to get repair parts in Africa?”
“How to install the enough knowledge to use the secondhand-machines?”

If it is possible to establish a proper supply and supply route, it will be WIN – WIN efforts for both Africa and Japan.

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