Cape to Cairo: connecting the African continent

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The motto, “From Cape to Cairo”, has been a popular term of reference about integrating the African continent by making all African countries easily accessible and allowing for the fluid movement of people and goods.

Addressing delegates to an Africa Business Forum in Johannesburg last year, Minister of Trade and Industry Rob Davies said: “As the government of South Africa, we categorically stated that the development of infrastructure is an essential and absolutely fundamental catalyst for regional integration, for increased inter-regional trade and for industrialisation in Africa.

Therefore, infrastructure development lies at the very heart of our efforts to promote high levels of inclusive growth and development throughout the continent.”

Davies added that the African continent has an infrastructure deficit that’s estimated at $93 billion per annum for the next 20 years. He highlighted the urgent need for Africa to develop its infrastructure in order to boost the continent’s growth and efficiency, and ensure its competitiveness in the future.

Through its diplomacy and philosophy of ubuntu, South Africa seeks to pursue bilateral co-operation with African countries, as well as trilateral co-operation with international partners, in order to support its development.

Read full article in BRICS Journal print issue 6

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