AfDB 'to support infrastructure programmes'
29 October 2010
The African Development Bank (AfDB) will continue to invest in infrastructure in order to improve regional integration in the continent of Africa.
According to the group, the area will experience "long-term growth" if the right policies continue to be introduced.
Of the investments made in 2009 by the AfDB, it noted 52.1 per cent of the money went on infrastructure projects, which included airports, railway, water and electricity.
The body remarked roads are "essential", as they act as the link between countries and allow for production areas throughout the landmass to be connected with each other.
As it stands, only 40 per cent of Africans living in rural areas have access to two kilometres of road - the figure is 65 per cent in other developing countries.
John Tambe, a spokesman for the New Partnership for Africa's Development, recently said transport infrastructure will have to be improved if regional integration is to be developed to the next level.