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: Season 1: Africa boasts more than 50 countries, 1.3-billion people, and an emerging middle class bigger than the entire population of the United States. So what’s the glue that will hold it all together? Infrastructure. In each episode this season we do a deep dive into projects that offer the greatest hope for transformational change. Infrastructure can seem impersonal, just a pile of concrete, steel or cables, but delve into it and you soon see, it has the power to transform lives. Twenty years ago, cell phone towers sprung up throughout Africa, and a mobile network came to life. Within 10 years, a Kenyan company developed a way to transfer money via mobile phones. It revolutionized banking throughout the world. That’s what infrastructure can do. Africa Forward tells the story of Africa’s economic aspirations through the dreams of people across the continent. Throughout this season we hear analysis from some of Africa’s top leaders in business and government who are building a future where Africa can proudly stand on its own. See All Episodes
More Africa Forward: Season 1 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.
A look into how energy projects in Africa are creating opportunities across the continent.
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