The transport sector is forecast to be one of the big winners from implementation of the African Continental Free Trade Area. Busani Bafana highlights the findings of a report by the UN Economic Commission for Africa.
The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development has mainstreamed sustainable transport across many SDGs and targets, particularly those related to food security, health, energy, economic growth, infrastructure, and cities and human settlements.
Experts agree that Africa needs a seamless and efficient transport sector to deliver on the trade boom envisaged with the operationalisation of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA); in other words, transport drives trade.
Estimates show that the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) will increase the demand for road, rail, maritime and air transport by 50%. This is a huge undertaking, calling for a similar roll-out in requisite infrastructure for Africa to be able to transport massive…