Traders in West Africa appeal for more attention to investments in transportation infrastructure

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10 Oct Traders in West Africa appeal for more attention to investments in transportation infrastructure

Africa’s weak infrastructure effects on the ability of doing business internally in the African continent. This is not due to the lack of effort; for example, Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has many common market agreements in place, which have nevertheless not helped with improving the infrastructure. Difficulties remain, poor transportation hinders the market access, and it is costly too. There is generally a lack of railways and proper sea links to move commodities from A to B.

Road transportation remains a challenge too – the roads are not in a good condition, and in passage there are many policy and customs checkpoints where bribery is unfortunately still common, and due to varying fuel prices, transportation costs are high. The state of poor infrastructure even drives some business owners to construct their own roads to the factories.

In order to improve the economic development, there is clearly a need for enhanced transportation infrastructure and more attention should be given on a regional and national level.

Read more about the traders’ concern here.