The narrative of Africa’s infrastructure development keeps evolving. In recent years, several countries across the African continent have expanded their core infrastructure such as electricity, telecommunications networks and access to safe potable water.

There are varied metrics and standards for evaluating and measuring the growth and development of the varied infrastructure found in countries in Africa. These countries appear to be inproving and doing well on several fronts.

Mauritius: According to several reports, Mauritius keeps improving on it’s public infrastructure namely: electricity, potable water, sewerage systems, paved roads etc. There are also other projects in the piprlije to drive the economy forward.

A picture of Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam International Airport

Seychelles: Due to the position of Seychelles and it’s well-established infrastructure in the northern Mahe group of islands, the country’s infrastructure is set to be expanded especially in the coastal zones from 2019 to 2024. This is going to place the country on the radar for more investment opportunities and growth.

A market street in Victoria, the capital of Seychelles.

Algeria: This country in North Africa is among the top three countries for infrastructure. 99% of residents have electricity, over half the population has access to safe drinking water and proper sewerage systems.

A train station in Taghit, Algeria.

Rwanda: Rwanda appears to be pushing forward with their infrastructure and is set to implement an 80 megawatts power plant.The regional Rusumo Falls Hydroelectric Project will begin supplying electricity to national grids by December 2021.

A section of Kigali, Rwanda.

Gabon: As part of plans to spur growth, the Gabonese government since 2010 has been been launching investment in constructing and renovating public infrastructures.

The stade de l’amitié(Gabon) , site of the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations final match.

Tunisia: Following the appointment of a new government, Tunisia has been undertaking several developmental projects. Some active projecs are Northern Tunis Wastewater Project and the Road Transport Corridors Project.

Bostwana: By a lot of standards this nation has good and adequate infrastructure. The infrastructure was hugely improved by the development of the mining industry, which required adequate transportation and communication networks.

Recently constructed bridge linking Botswana and Zambia.

Egypt: After a short pause of improvements in several sectors due to the global pandemic, COVID Egypt is set to bounce back harder. Egypt has a fairly developped infrastructure system.

Construction underway for Egypt’s new capital city.

Morrocco: With electricity, good roads, telecommunication services, several airports amongst others, Morrocco is one African coubtry with a good level of infrastructure. The country is currently preparing for a second phase of the Noor Solar Power Plant.

The Noor Solar Power Plant in Morocco.

South Africa:  South Africa enjoys a modern and well-developed transport infrastructure. Also, their air and rail networks are the largest on the continent. The country’s ports provide a natural stopover for shipping to and from various countries too.

Mount Edgecombe Interchange, South Africa.

Ethiopia: Over the last decade, the country’s infrastructure has immensely contributed to it’s GDP growth despite a challenge in it’s power sector.

Somewhere in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

Kenya: Kenya is another country with extensive infrastructure coverage. From roads to railways to its recent port contsruction.

Kenya’s SGR railway. It is a 12-hour journey from Nairobi to the port city of Mombasa.

Nigeria: Infrastructure over here seems to be rising at a steady rate. The road networks, electricity and potable drinking water are on the rise.

Nigeria’s power sector.

Ghana: Compared with other countries, Ghana keeps advancing in relation to infrastructure development. Alongside public infrastructure and the recent port expansion, the government is still working on expanding and improving the road network.

The Tema Harbour Port Expansion Project.

Côte D’Ivoire: One area of infrastructure that has attracted significant attention is the transport sector. The country is making headway when it comes to other forms of infrastructure.

The La Mé Water Treatment Plant, Côte D’Ivoire.

Although the overall developmental progress in Africa grows at a painfully slow rate, Africa keeps striving to move ahead. Efficient and effective infrastructure building is a great tool for creating opportunities and creating overall growth for countries in Africa.


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