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Tuesday, 01 March 2016

Sustainable trade infrastructure in Africa: A key element for growth and prosperity?

In order to trade goods and services efficiently, to become a more active partner in global and regional trade, and to connect to global value chains, it is crucial for every region and country to offer solid trade infrastructure. Improved trade efficiency strengthens conditions for increased technology transfer, innovation, and production capacities, which stimulate the creation of additional jobs and contribute to poverty alleviation. Infrastructure needs throughout the world have never been greater. They shape our environments and largely determine our livelihoods today and in the future, reason why infrastructure lies at the core of the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals. Rapid global population growth and increasing urbanisation mean that huge investments in infrastructure are required to ensure social well-being throughout the world; according to the OECD, 75 percent of the infrastructure that needs to be in place by 2050 does not yet exist. In order to fulfil these requirements, an estimated annual global investment of US$5 trillion in infrastructure will be needed in the coming decades. This unprecedented and fundamental development represents a major opportunity to create the backbone of a sustainable and resilient future and pave the way for increased exchanges of sustainably produced goods and services.

Source: ICTSD