The continued exportation of raw materials by African countries to the global north has been cited as a major blow to the industrialisation agenda of the continent.

The prevention of continued expropriation of Africa resources by developed countries is said to be the best way in achieving economic independence for African countries.

The African Capacity Building Foundation director for strategic planning partnership and resource mobilisation, Mr Bakery Kone said value addition is key for development and it must be adopted by all governments.

In terms of the findings by Dr Thomas Munthali on the requirements to meet the sustainable development goals, capacitating the local industries through home grown solutions is key in eradicating over reliance on donor community.

Zimbabwe is one such African country that is rich in natural resources, however limited avenues in the value addition process has seen it continue exporting raw materials which gave rise to the promulgation of the ZIM ASSET economic blue-print.