The 2019 Annual Meetings of the African Development Bank Group will be held from 11-14 June 2019, in Malabo, Republic of Equatorial Guinea. Find out more

09:45 - 11:00 Plenary 1: Transport Development and Emerging Challenges in Africa

Objectives of session

Africa’s delay in the transport sector is an obstacle from releasing its growth potential. Moving persons and goods around the continent is generally more expensive than in the rest of the world.

The lack of infrastructure and the enforcement of regulatory barriers are such that it is often easier for African countries to trade with the rest of the world than moving goods and people internally. Yet, Africa is the continent with the largest number of landlocked countries, for which access to the world economy is vital.

At the national scale, there is a growing number of disparities between urban centers and rural peripheries. 40% of Africans live more than 2km away from an all-season road. Spatial inclusion here represents both a major political challenge and a strong social issue.

Political challenge, economical challenge, social challenge… this opening session will address the major issues of the transport sector in Africa.

  • Patrick Achi - Minister of Economic Infrastructures - Côte d’Ivoire
  • Mamadou Hachim Koumaré - Ministre de l’Équipement, du
  • Transports et du Désenclavement - Mali
  • Paolo Ciccarelli - International Cooperation and Development at
  • European Commission,
  • Raphael Kuuchi - International Air Transport Association (IATA)
  • René Décurey – CEO - Air Côte d’Ivoire

Did you know

High transport costs add 75% to the price of African goods.

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Since 2008 the Bank has helped to build and rehabilitate 25,000 kilometres of main roads and feeder roads, benefiting more than 10 million people.

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Conference venue

Immeuble CCIA, Plateau  -  Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire

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