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Infrastructure development in the Sahel will be slow

Wednesday, November 3, 2021

Significance

With populations growing by 3-4% annually, physical infrastructure requires significant expansion. Mobile telephony has been a major success, but there is much to be done to improve urban transport, long-distance roads and electricity generation. Rising insecurity compounds these challenges.

Impacts

  • With populations rising fast, there is a continual need to build more schools, health clinics and other key service premises.
  • Efficient ports and modern transport links can bolster the cost-competitiveness and economic viability of industrial activity inland.
  • Rising insecurity will prevent maintenance of infrastructure in affected areas.
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