Why 19th – 20th century colonies are not as industrialized as the capital of the empire? (ie. British India for UK and West Africa for France)

I’ve read a lot about decolonization period lately and there’s always a pattern that most colonies are only equipped with logistical infrastructure to transport the resources extracted to the main part of empire.
Shouldn’t it make much more logistical sense to manufacture products in place where the resources are extracted? So, why factories aren’t primarily build in the colonies? Is it purely political reasons or it is more effective in logistical standpoint that I’m missing here?

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  1. My guess is that the knowledge and money was taken back home. Also you need an organized democratic country. Take Surinam for example. It has enough resources to make every citizen be rich. But does it happen?

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