When you have an economy that is growing in leaps and bounds, then the only logical thing is to ensure that all related sectors are working in the same speed to aid in the smooth sailing of the growth. The African continent is made up of developing states that are fighting to be on the map of rapid growth and since most of these nations are in their infant years, there is a lot of room for expansion and development.
The fact that most countries in Africa were colonized by Europeans left the African people dependent on many aspects of development. Most countries are still looking forward to food aid as well as assistance on matters revolving around infrastructure. As of now, most of the routes used in trading among different African nations have been used for decades and while some are useful, some need serious upgrading. In some areas, there is great need for introduction of new routes that will aid in making the goals set by Africa as a continent successful.
The setbacks in the development of African countries can be attributed to the poor infrastructure and policy implementation across the nations. In some regions the trading routes are present but the insecurity levels are alarming and hinder the smooth flow of the activity. For instance, the northern region and areas around Egypt, the trade between countries is threatened by the bandit infested deserts and thus the involved parties are left with no other option a part from the sea. While the sea is not all that safe especially in areas that are ruled by ruthless pirates, it is better but takes long and thus affecting the trading activities negatively.
Comparing Africa’s intra-region trade which stands at 13% with Asia’s 53%, which is also mostly made of up of developing nations, it is clearly evident that there is still a lot of work to be done in Africa to create a conducive environment that will allow developmental activities to take place without much hindrance. Pothole filled roads that leave you wondering whether the road are tarmac with potholes or rough roads with patches of tarmac are the normal in Africa.
Some nations have made great steps in improving the routes but unless they all work as one to create the routes that will hasten development, all will be in vain. Designated trade routes that have been planned and if the projects are will executed professionally, then the dream for a better and stronger Africa will be realized sooner than later. It is not only about the bad roads, there is also the problem associated with missing rails and different rail gauges that hinder transport considerably. Problems are also present in the air travel industry with different hurdles such as poor airport conditions and other solvable issues. A growing economy requires high standard infrastructure and policies to ensure that the intra-region trade in Africa is a success. To make great steps economically, African needs a surface to step on and this is developed infrastructure.