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Rwanda's "food basket" to get better highway connection


A region known as Rwanda's food basket could stand to benefit from the rehabilitation of a 115-kilometre road network connecting it to the capital.

The western and southern regions will be linked up to Kigale and the rest of the...

Category: Transport

Ethiopia hydropower plant 'will fix shortage problems'


Shortages in power supply in Ethiopia are to be tackled with the opening of a new hydropower plant in Tekeze, reports the Sudan Tribune.

The Tekeze Dam is the largest of its kind in Africa, with a 44 m concrete arch.

It is...

Category: Energy

Cameroon: 216 MW power station planned for 2011


A gas-fired power station is going to be constructed in Cameroon, at Kribi, in the west of the country.

The means of financing have now been established, with participation being shared between the State and funds...

Infrastructural shortcomings 'derailing energy targets'


Ageing infrastructure could be compromising the Nigerian government's target of producing 6,000 MW by the end of the year, it has been suggested.

The general secretary of the National Union of Electricity Employees expressed his...

Category: Energy

Kinshasa soon to have new urban railway


Belgium and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) signed an agreement this week for the upgrading of the Kinshasa urban railway system.

The aim of the project is to improve mobility across the capital and in the outlying...

Nigeria rail gets boost in Ajaokuta-Warri line completion


The completion of the Ajaokuto-Warri line is underway with the signature by the federal government of two contracts worth a total of N33 billion (£130 million) with Team Nigeria and Julius Berger. As a key element of the...

Category: Transport

Uganda-Rwanda fibre connection 'on track for 2010'


The laying of a fibre optic cable from Uganda to Rwanda should be finished by January 2010, it has been reported. Once completed, the East African Backhaul System - which will connect the land-locked nations of this region to...

Category: ICT

China commits to renewable sources of energy in Africa


China’s Prime Minister Wen Jiabao has reiterated his country’s commitment to the African Continent, announcing in particular a partnership aimed at achieving 100 projects involving local energy.

He made this declaration this...

Power shortage 'single biggest hurdle for African development'


Economic development in Africa is impeded mainly by inadequate access to power supplies and the continent is losing two percentage points of growth every year because overall infrastructure is lacking.

This is according to a new...

Category: Energy

Uganda to get transmission network upgrade


A $100 million (£60.1 million) transmission network upgrade in Uganda is expected to lower electricity costs and prepare the power supply system for increased energy generation in the future.

Various sub-stations and...

Category: Energy

DRC seeks funding to upgrade the port of Matadi


The government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has launched an appeal to investors for a project to upgrade the port of Matadi at Kinshasa.

Minister of Finance Athanase Matenda has officially lodged the request...

East Africa's central corridor 'needs upgrade'


An infrastructure upgrade to the highway between Dar-es-Salaam and Kampala is needed to improve commercial prospects in the region, it has been suggested.

In a recent editorial in Ugandan newspaper the Monitor, journalistic...

Category: Transport

BIDC: More Franco-African co-operation for infrastructure projects


The Cedeao Investment and Development Bank (BIDC) has announced its intention to co-operate to mutual advantage with French companies in the sectors of energy infrastructure, NITC, and transport in the countries of West...

East Africa to see transport infrastructure upgrade


An improvement to the road networks in Uganda, Kenya, Ethiopia and Djibouti should see trade improved on a regional level, it has been suggested.

East African Business Week relayed quotes suggesting the approval of $452 million...

Category: Transport

Access to water for everyone in the Central African Republic to happen soon?


Access to drinking water in the Central African Republic could be improved thanks to a grant of 16 million Dollars from the African Development Bank to the African Development Fund.

This financing will allow for a drinking water...

Kenya: 133 million Dollars to upgrade water infrastructures


A vast project for upgrading the water supply and drainage networks in Kenya, in the region of Yatta, was provided with 123 million Dollars this week by the African Development Bank.

This involves establishing, training, and...

Category: Water

Regional irrigation project 'will help nearly 850,000'


A new irrigation project to be constructed in the Bugesera region of Rwanda is expected to help some 834,000 people when it is completed.

The African Development Bank is funding this endeavour with a grant of $23 million...

Category: Water

PPPs 'key to Nigerian infrastructure goals'


The Infrastructure Concession Regulatory Commission could be poised to push important projects through by facilitating private-public partnerships (PPP), it has been suggested.

Chairman Ernest Shonekan recently called attention...

Category: General

PAP: Costs of the Internet in Africa need to be brought down


Reduce the costs of the Internet in Africa so as to promote economic development.

TIC technologies need to be made more accessible on the Continent, the Pan-African Parliament (PAP) has decided.

This decision follows the...

Work starts on Felou dam in Mali


This week saw the laying of the foundation stone of the Felou hydroelectric dam in Mali.

A ceremony was organized for the occasion, bringing together the executives of the member countries of the Organization for the...

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