Construction remains to be the governments most basic responsibility
Poor roads and railways also have a negative impact on intra-African trade, which is currently just 11 percent of total trade. Development experts believe this figure might have been higher with better roads and railway lines. Trade among Southeast Asia's 10 countries, at 37 percent, is much higher than in Africa, for example.
Railway lines in most African countries were built during colonial times to connect mines and other natural resources to ports. Most of the lines were constructed by mining companies.
Currently, passenger services account for no more than 20 percent of rail traffic, says the AfDB. Over the years, passenger business has been shrinking steadily, viable only when road networks are inadequate or non-existent, it says.
According to the bank, the costs of maintaining rail tracks and signalling systems, and the level of spending needed to reach passenger speeds, run into millions of dollars and, if not subsidized, passengers would be unable to afford to pay for operating costs alone.
Mister: " Economic Freedom."
Good governance and political stability is the key to development.
Mexico, Brazil etc are corrupt as hell. Mexico is like a country in a war, kidnappings, gang violence, daily killings, etc. But still development and investments.Good governance and political stability is the key to development.
Nit again Mista. You don't know what you are talking about.
Bangladesh most industrializatial and Commercial city has one giant natural harbor Deep See Port which accounts for more than 70% of import and export of Bangladesh.
They also have other deep see ports and many inland ports because that country has big and many navigable rivers. A very watery country that even Internal trade is done by waterways. Its considered to be highways. Land infrastructures. Are very sort because they just connect Rivers and many. People settled on riverbanks because it easily facilitate commerce.
Bangladeshi clothing manufacturing center is in that large commercial city with the country largest Deep sea . So built. Massive infrastructures for what?
India is also mocked for having daggery infrastructures. But look at where their big cities are. Mostly on the coast. And even those inland aren't that far from the Seas.
Moreover India isn't. Anywhere close to monster Chinese manufacturing size.
China has the largest network of Highways. Assice ports etc, look at how massive their energy sector is, they are still very hungry for energy they are still building power plants per month that wouldn't blow your mind... So yea, infrastructures. Is very important.
Look at you country Morocco, your industrial cities are on the Ocean and others very close to by. But still expanding your already. World class infrastructures is the Moroccan gov wasting money doing that?
Look a Brazil, all their industrial cities are on the Ocean and only needs 1 pr two major highways and Rail to interconnect them. More over inland towns and farms don't nee massive highways and rials like that. Only freight rails to move products to port-industrial cities.
Mista. You can't say infrastructures are not that important, each country has different geographical and demographic factors. Also different economic policies India to China , Japan to Germany to UK to US, Brazil to Russia etc...
Who in the world new that tiny Singapore would have the busiest Port in the World? This is a city-State. Country, not some giant country like India or US it
Countries like DRC, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbo, Malawi Ethiopia , your idol Rwanda etc are landlocked. If Kenya, Tanzania, Moza ,SA , Djibouti, Somalia refuse us access to the sea, we're screwed. Finished.
You are so naive Mista. Open your eyes, Lets blow up Casablanca , Tanger and other Moroccan ports. Lets see how your economy. Will function.
Btw, Ports are Infrastructures as well.
Mexico is developing because of NAFTA.
Like I said sometime back..Africa needs a big powerful economy to drive up growth. Asia has China, Japan, Indonesia..Americas got USA.
Its not all doom and gloom. African national government spending on infrastructure appears to be on the increase. If Africa is serious about this subject then its Achilles heel which can be found in almost every government in Africa includes negative impacts of subsidies, state monopolies,poorly implemented laws and regulations (an important issue in economies blighted by sub-standard governance) and imbalances between public sector and private sector ownership.Bangladesh's infrastructure is one of the most underdeveloped in the world, but still Bangladesh is a major manufactering hub for western clothing retailers......
who finances Egypts infrastructure? and how does the it work?Egypt is in economic trouble. No problem: Massive infrastructure project, create more job opportunities, economy goes on. But one thing we don't take into consideration is how useful are these infrastructure? Africa doesn't need simple infrastructure, it needs to invest in public transit, cleaning the big cities, remove informal areas. No need to create new cities or extend railways when you have social issues such as dirty and polluted cities and inequality. Cairo needs to clean itself before extending itself.
who finances Egypts infrastructure? and how does the it work?
any input will be appreciated.
http://www.ibtimes.com/suez-canal-egyptian-military-takes-charge-economic-development-1566638“There is nothing that is out of the grasp of the military,” noted Robert Springborg, a visiting professor at the department of war studies at King’s College in London who specializes in Egypt. “It is appointing its people to positions all over the country, taking business contracts from the state, presenting its various companies as partners for international corporations. It is taking charge of the development strategy for the country as a whole.”
http://www.worldhighways.com/sections/emergent/features/egypts-road-programme-is-now-restarting/The road development programme started in earnest some years ago but was delayed due to the period of political instability the country suffered. As much of the country’s road construction programme is being carried out by the Egyptian army, this has delayed the process. But with stability now having returned, the Engineering Department of the Egyptian army is now resuming its programme of works to develop the country’s transport infrastructure.
Page Xiii of the bookDavid Sims on Egypt urban planning: « The ambitious government planners, with official power to appropriate unlimited free state/military desert land, put its efforts into designing a set of new towns in the desert, far from the city's center. The state has made heavy investments in infrastructure notably the ring roads around the city designed to reach these satellite towns and so extend water line and as offered generous incentives to joint industrial ventures and to private builders of upper-class villas.»
fixed it for youBangladesh's infrastructure is one of the most underdeveloped in the world, but still Bangladesh is a major slavery hub for western clothing retailers......
Its not underestimation, but being short sighted and uninformed.This is the biggest issue undermining countries like Nigeria. Kills the entrepreneurial activity of a lot of areas. Same story in a lot of other countries.
Fixing Nigerian roads/rails, ports and the issue of electricity will unleash economic activity of unrivaled order
A lot of people sometimes underestimate the impact of infrastructure.