African ports expansion fails to translate into more efficient supply chains across the continent

The African ‘ports race’ that started in the mid-2000s has resulted in significant capacity additions at African ports. However, this expansion has not translated into more efficient and integrated logistics supply-chains across the continent. While ports are monopolising private sector interest, the rest of the value-chain, notably roads and railways, remains under-funded, under-developed and fragmented. Poor road networks, inefficient railways, and limited airports capacity contribute to high logistics costs, hindering industrialisation and economic diversification efforts.

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