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Africa Forward

Paving the Way


A look into transformative impact of trade and transportation infrastructure in Africa.

This episode looks at the promise and potential of infrastructure projects to facilitate transportation and trade on the continent. In the first half, reporter Laura Rosbrow-Telem takes listeners to the Gambia for a ride over the Senegambia Bridge, an important new gateway for Senegal and the Gambia for facilitating trade and commerce in Africa.

Then in the roundtable, co-host Carol Pineau leads a conversation on how investments in roads, bridges, ports, and airports can have a dramatic impact on trade. She also delves into how the newly established African Continental Free Trade Area, the world’s largest trading bloc by number of participants, will galvanize trade on the continent and help make African countries less reliant on the West for economic stimulation. Participants in this discussion include:

Benedict Oramah, President of the African Export-Import Bank

Juliet Anammah, chair of Jumia Nigeria and head of institutional affairs for Jumia Group

Allan Kilavuka, CEO of Kenya Airways

About Africa Forward:  Africa Forward, the latest podcast from FP Studios and Africa50, tackles the infrastructure challenges and opportunities facing countries in Africa. With reporting from across the continent, the show examines why the big facilities that transform societies—including roads, energy supplies, and communications—are under-resourced and what Africans and others are doing about it. Africa Forward is hosted by journalists Isha Sesay and Carol Pineau, who both bring years of experience covering and reporting on Africa.  See All Episodes

More Africa Forward episodes:

Financing Africa’s Future

A look at infrastructure financing in Africa.

Africa’s Digital Transformation

A look at how innovations in information and communications technology are transforming Africa.

Powering Change

A look into how energy projects in Africa are creating opportunities across the continent.

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