To Integrate Its Economy, Africa Must Improve Connectivity

Africa’s leaders and policymakers have long identified connectivity, tourism and, more broadly, mobility—human, capital and otherwise—as key to the continent’s economic structural transformation. For example, the African Union’s Agenda 2063, through seven key aspirations, has identified several programs and initiatives promoting connectivity and mobility as central to accelerating shared growth and development in Africa, as well as to forging a common identity. 

Among its flagship projects intended to realize this ambition, the bloc has identified the need for an integrated high-speed train network connecting the continent’s capitals and commercial centers; a continent-wide free trade area, known today as the African Continental Free Trade Area; the removal of restrictions on Africans’ ability to travel, work and live within their own continent, including with the creation of a continent-wide passport; a…

Read full article…www.worldpoliticsreview.com