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NEPAD - Infrastructure Short Term Action Plan - Executive Summary (Draft)
One of the main priorities of NEPAD is the promotion of regional integration in the continent because individual African economies are typically too small to generate the economies of scale that can be found in larger markets. Bridging the infrastructure gap has been identified as an important element of promoting regional integration in Africa. Infrastructure is defined in this context as energy, water, transport, and information and communications technology (ICT). The development of regional infrastructure is critical for sustaining regional economic development and trade. The potential for promoting regional integration in Africa through the sharing of the production, management and operations of infrastructure facilities and through hubs, development corridors or poles is considerable.