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NEPAD - STAP Review of Implementation Progress and The Way Forward - Volume 1 - Overview
In May 2002, a NEPAD Short-term Action Plan for Infrastructure (STAP) was produced. The importance accorded to infrastructure in the NEPAD agenda reflects the fact that one of the priorities of NEPAD is the promotion of regional integration in the continent to overcome the lack of economies of scale. Bridging the infrastructure gap has been identified as an important element in promoting regional integration. Infrastructure is also an important element in reducing Africa’s economic marginalisation. There can be no meaningful development without trade – and there can be no trade without adequate and reliable infrastructure.