Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Poor Roads and Aging Infrastructure Hurting Africa's Economy

The state of infrastructure in Sub-Saharan Africa is having a detrimental effect on the continent's economy, accprding to a new report.

The state of infrastructure in sub-Saharan Africa - its electricity, water, roads, and information and communications technology (ICT) - also reduces business productivity by as much as 40 per cent.

Africa's Infrastructure: A Time for Transformation finds that Africa has the weakest infrastructure in the world but, ironically, Africans in some countries pay twice as much for basic services as people elsewhere.

The study, which was conducted in 24 African countries by a partnership of institutions - including the African Union Commission, the African Development Bank, the New Partnership for Africa's Development, and the World Bank - is one of the most detailed one ever undertaken on the continent.

Africa: Report - Bad Roads Slow Continent's Growth to a Crawl
The East African
November 16, 2009