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PIDA: Interconnecting, Integrating, and Transforming a Continent: The Regional Infrastructure That Africa Needs to Integrate and Grow through 2040

Author: Programme for Infrastructure Development in Africa (PIDA)
Organisation: Programme for Infrastructure Development in Africa (PIDA)
Publish Date: Sep 2011
Country: Africa
Sector: Development
Method: Creative thinking
Theme: Infrastructure
Type: Report
Language: English
Tags: Infrastructure, Growth prospects, Transport, Energy, Water resources, Information and Communication Technologies, ICT

The lack of infrastructure in Africa is widely recognised. The road access rate is only 34%, compared with 50% in other parts of the developing world, and transport costs are higher by up to 100%. Only 30% of the population has access to electricity, compared to 70–90% in other parts of the developing world. Water resources are underused. Current levels of water withdrawal are low, with only 4% of water resources developed for water supply, irrigation and hydropower use, and with only about 18% of the continent’s irrigation potential being exploited. The Internet penetration rate is only about 6%, compared to an average of 40% elsewhere in the developing world. Deficits like these have a clear impact on African competitiveness: African countries, particularly those south of the Sahara, are among the least competitive in the world, and infrastructure appears to be one of the most important factors holding them back. The results of the PIDA study will enable African stakeholders to speak with one voice for continental and regional infrastructure development based on a common vision and agenda.
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