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Africa - The Ultimate Frontier Market: A guide to the business and investment opportunities in emerging Africa by David Mataen

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Chapter 9: Infrastructure Imperative

For a very long time infrastructure and Africa would not have been found in the same sentence, unless in a negative sense. Now probably the leading and most dominant developmental trend in Africa is infrastructure; there is a rich story in between these two extremes. Colonial era transport infrastructure was laid down upon two broad connected themes. The first was to ship Africa’s raw materials from the mines and agricultural production from the plantations to sea ports and onwards to European industries. Where raw materials were bulky and uneconomic to ship, infrastructure connected first-level processing plants to the main arterial one-way traffic grids ferrying Africa’s raw wealth to Europe. Railway lines ...

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