"Trans-boundary transport infrastructure" topic at PIDA meeting
5 August 2010
Representatives from a number of countries recently met to discuss how transport infrastructure could help deliver the objectives of the African Union Abuja Treaty and an African Economic Community by 2030.
The Workshop of the Programme for Infrastructure Development in Africa (PIDA) was held in the Ethiopian city of Addis Ababa late last month and featured discussions on how inter-border transport is critical to the plans.
Building on the successful PIDA political and media launch in July in Uganda, the event saw stakeholders and sponsors underline their support for the initiative, which would require good rail and roads, as well as ICT, to succeed.
"Regional economic communities, member states, specialised institutions and Africa's development partners were fully supportive of the PIDA initiative," participants resolved.
One of PIDA'a objectives is to help African decision makers put in place a programme of development of the infrastructure that will be divided into short, medium and long-term phases.
PIDA is aimed at bringing together and merging various continental infrastructure initiatives.