Africa’s N — Networks
What effect are weak networks having on Africa’s development?
With the exception of South Africa, the region has a very low population density.
One consequence of this geographic dispersion is that transport costs to and from Africa — and even more between African destinations — are extremely high by international standards.
That is both a cause, and a result, of the low density and sketchy networks of people that exist on the continent.
Given that situation, foreign investment can act as a crucial "network connector." Where conditions are right, small export processing zones can grow — and morph into increasingly prosperous manufacturing clusters.
Any investment that connects parts of Africa more closely to worldwide networks is vital — because it provides additional opportunities and lower costs for Africans.