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African Continental Free Trade Area - Africa's patchy transport network gets a tech boost

Graham Watson

7th December 2021

This BBC article looks at the prospects for a more co-ordinated transport infrastructure across Africa.

With the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) agreement being agreed by 54 countries across the continent and the development of services like Amitruck that looks to connect truckers with customers cutting out the intermediaries.

Both have the capacity to significantly increase trade flows and enhance development prospects, with the World Bank suggesting it may "boost exports among African nations by 81% by 2035".

"While it is the second most populous continent, and home to approximately 17% of the world's population, Africa only accounts for 2% of global trade."

Graham Watson

Graham Watson has taught Economics for over twenty years. He contributes to tutor2u, reads voraciously and is interested in all aspects of Teaching and Learning.

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