Africa in Fact Issue 16, October 2013: Infrastructure - Bridge the gaps
Smooth roads, safe water, reliable electricity and fast internet remain pipe dreams for the majority of Africans. This infrastructure weakness holds back the continent’s advancement. If the continent could reach the same level as Mauritius, the regional leader, its annual GDP growth rate would be 2.2 percentage points higher, according to the World Bank. Coincidentally, this is exactly the gap between the 7% annual growth rate required to reduce poverty substantially and Africa’s actual annual rate over the last ten years, 4.8%. This month’s Africa in Fact looks at infrastructure. Stories cover issues such as the airports boom in West Africa, the rejuvenation of East Africa's rail infrastructure, the role of China's telecoms giant Huawei in Africa and the positive effect of one-stop border posts.