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Informal cross-border trade in Africa and approaches in promoting formalization

On our blog, an analysis of informal cross-border trade in Africa with the approaches currently used to promote formalization of this sector.

Secure parking, rest areas and Road Side Stations for facilitation along corridors

Secure parking and rest areas play an essential role in promoting safety conditions along corridors. This kind of facilities allow both travellers and long distance drivers to have breaks at appropriate intervals and fulfil basic needs of road users, such as rest stops, refuelling, restrooms and refreshment. Accordingly, they make long-distance and international transit trips more viable, which otherwise would be inconvenient and difficult, if not infeasible. Hence, they also contribute to trade and transport facilitation along road corridors.


The perverse relation between regional integration and informal trade in Africa

On 17 April 2021, the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) presented, at the 39th ECA Committee of Experts of the Conference of African Ministers of Finance, Planning and Economic Development held from 17 to 19 March 2021 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, a report with an assessment of the current status of regional integration in Africa.


High road transport costs in Africa as a consequence of imbalanced trade flows

One of the problems that mainly contributes to the high cost of road transport in Africa are the empty trips that are charged by logistics operators to their customers. This is a consequence of the imbalanced nature of trade flows in Africa, as the continent imports much more of what exports, which is common to all the African corridors.


African Union Assembly adopts second phase of PIDA

PAP II, the second phase of the Programme for Infrastructure Development in Africa (PIDA) will include 69 regional infrastructure projects in the Energy, Transport, Trans-Boundary Water and Information and Communication Technology sectors (read our post), for an estimated budget of 161 billion USD and an annual coverage need of US$ 16 bn over the next 10 years, that will include the costs associated with project preparation and implementation, as well as with project operation and maintenance.


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