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The Zambian Secretary General, Hon Davies Mwila says that according to the 2019 African Economic Outlook by the African Development Bank, “roads, ports, railways, pipelines, and telecommunications have always been important for African integration."

With the signing of a far-reaching agreement between China and the African Union Commission within the framework of the African Union’s Agenda 2063 which will link all African capitals by road,...

The Zimbabwean Minister of Finance and Economic Development, Professor Mthuli Ncube says that the country has the potential to “mobilise 70% of funding needed to finance key infrastructure projects on the domestic market, a situation that would lessen the burden of external debt payments on the State.”

Zimbabwe is currently battling to repay $6.9 billion in external debt of which nearly $2 billion is arrears to global lenders. The arrears...

Dealing with Africa’s road infrastructure backlog remains high on the agenda for not only its leaders but also the worlds leading road construction and road infrastructure companies.  

Taken as a whole, Africa’s road infrastructure lags well behind that of the rest of the world for example 34% rural access vs. 90% globally. Those highways that do exist are often in a dilapidated condition and massive backlogs in maintenance, repair and ope...

February 4, 2019

The Namibian Minister of Finance, Calle Schlettwein, has said that: "Economic development and social transformation cannot be fostered efficiently in the absence of well-developed and well-maintained roads. This is especially true for the developing economies and Africa in particular, an economy with high potential growth, which needs to be unlocked through a concerted investment compact in skills, technology and infrastructure developmen...

January 29, 2019

It has been reported by Nigerian media that 19 federal roads covering 794.4km will be constructed under the new Executive Order 007. Six companies will be responsible for undertaking the projects, signed by President Muhammadu Buhari last week.

According to Minister of Finance, Zainab Ahmed, Executive Order #7 of 2019, titled Road Infrastructure Development and Refurbishment Investment Tax Credit Scheme, "is the outcome of efforts to think...

 

It has been estimated that $78 billion is required by countries in the East African Community to finance mega infrastructure projects.

This includes the construction of two major transnational roads funded by the African Development Bank - the $322 million Rumonge-Gitaz and Kabingo-Kasulu-Manyovu road-upgrading project and the Malindi-Mombasa-Lunga Lunga/Horohoro-Tanga-Bagamoyo highway (Kenya to Tanzania). This 460km highwa...

October 8, 2018

We speak with Dr Emeka Agbasi of FEMA to find out how his department is working to maintain and develop road infrastructure in Nigeria.

What has been the most significant development in Nigerian over the last 18 months with regards to the development of PPPs?

The Federal Government of Nigeria Economic Recovery and Growth Plan (ERGP 2017-2020) emphasises investment in infrastructure, especially in power, roads, rail, ports and broadband netw...

October 1, 2018

Jean-Pierre Labuschagne is the Deloitte Africa Lead for Infrastructure & Capital Projects and is based in Nairobi. He is an Infrastructure and Public Private Partnerships (PPPs) specialist and has been involved in various infrastructure and PPP advisory roles in both the public and private sectors, across a variety of African countries.

We spoke with him about where he sees the opportunities and challenges for Africa’s road sector. 

What do...

October 1, 2018

Slightly more than 50% of the total road network in Kenya can be classified as good or fair, according to a new audit. The total road network, spanning both national and rural roads, was recently audited and while the results of the audit show a significant improvement on 2009 results, they indicate that only 57% of the roads could be classified as either good or fair. 

According to the Kenya Roads Board (KRB): “A bigger percentage of the...

September 14, 2018

To prepare for future road infrastructure, suppliers and technology developers should focus on a modular approach and interoperability.

A new report from Navigant Research examines the current state of smart highway technologies, providing an overview of current and recent test installations, and detailing the influence of automated vehicles and electric vehicles (AVs and EVs).


Transportation planning is essential for any city, and the evo...

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