Africa’s N — Networks
What effect are weak networks having on Africa’s development?
February 23, 2005
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.
Founder and CEO, Global Business School Network Guy Pfeffermann is the Founder and CEO of the Global Business School Network. He was the Director of the Economics Department and Chief Economist for the International Finance Corporation from 1988-2003. Since 2003, he has served as the Director of the Global Business School Network of International Finance […]