Zuma: Africa's transport infrastructure has to improve

22 October 2010

Jacob Zuma has called on the transport infrastructure of Africa to be improved.

The South African president, noted that without better roads and rail services the area will continue to rely on its European counterparts.

He added that as things stands, it is too hard to access certain regions in Africa, with it often being easier to go to Europe and fly to other parts.

Mr Zuma is in Egypt trying to strengthen ties between the two countries, with the pair set to sign a free trade deal that will bring the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa and the East African common market together.

Rachid Mohamed Rachid, Egypt's minister for trade, echoed the thoughts of Mr Zuma and said: "We have to have the access by land, by sea, by air. We need to increase the access dramatically. So far it's been taking forever."

South Africa is currently pressing ahead with plans to develop a solar park in the country.

Categories: Transport

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