Information and communication technology (ICT) is said to be key in the industrialisation of African economies.

This comes as the continent is also in deficit of critical skills in the agricultural and engineering sectors.

According to statistics by the African capacity building foundation, Africa has a deficit of 4.3 million engineers and 1.6 million agricultural scientists to develop these sectors.

African Capacity Building Foundation director learning, Dr Thomas Munthali says there is urgent need to channel resources towards capacitating the critical skills sector if the continent is to make meaningful development.

It has been established that de-industrialisation is taking place in most African governments and statistics indicate that in 1990 the manufacturing industry constituted 15 percent of the economy while only 10 percent was recorded in 2010.

Experts believe governments must work together with think tanks and embrace recommended practises to increase capacity of the manufacturing sector and also create employment.