The common thread restraining the unlocking of all this potential wealth is the lack of modern transport corridors to facilitate regional trade and water infrastructure. However, the construction activity in recent years has been increased tremendously with energy generation hubs and projects for basic water infrastructure, transport corridors and telecommunications gathering momentum. Once commissioned, these will form the platform for a new era of self-sufficiency and the nucleus for increased investment and growth.
From a total of 322 major construction projects, each valued in excess of US million, that were in progress last year, Southern Africa accounted for 38% of them with a total of US,2 billion, East Africa at US,7 billion equates to 29% and West Africa with a total of US,8 billion was 21%.
In 2013, the African Development Bank appointed Aurecon South Africa as Consultants for updating the Programme for Infrastructure Development in Africa (PIDA) Priority Action Plan (PAP) project fiches.
This prestigious award marks an important step forward for infrastructure development in Africa.
This article originally appeared on Transport World Africa, May 2014.