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  • Africa: Experts Explore Infrastructure and Cooperation to Improve Lives

    BOTSWANA, 2017/11/01 Addis Ababa — African economies require structural transformation to attain sustained increase that trickles down to all its peoples, an official from the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) told experts gathered at the organization’s Ethiopian headquarters. Soteri Gatera, who heads the ECA’s Industrialization and Infrastructure Section, says only such “inclusive” economic increase will help resolve the “persistent social economic problems” Africa faces.
  • Africa's Infrastructure Spending Drops

    ANGOLA, 2017/08/20 Africa's infrastructure investment spending decreased in 2016 compared 2015, according to Deloitte 2016 African construction trends statement. In 2016, 286 projects worth 50m and additional were being built in Africa, down from 301 in 2015. The fall in in general capital price was $51bn — from a total of $375bn in 2015 to a total of 324bn in 2016.The statement, released on Tuesday, said there were 109 projects worth a total of $140bn in Southern Africa in 2015. For 2016, project numbers had fallen to 85, worth $93bn. “Africa has seen a downturn in both the number and price of projects included this year, in contrast to previous years,” said Jean-Pierre Labuschagne, Deloitte Africa infrastructure and capital projects leader.
  • Ghana increases spending on transport infrastructure

    GHANA, 2016/06/18 Moves by Ghana to expand port capacity are helping to reduce processing times and costs, although congested intermodal connections still limit throughput. Further spending to reinforce connectivity in road and rail networks will be necessary for Ghana to significantly increase its shipping capacity, but infrastructure upgrades and regulatory reforms are nonetheless helping to improve in general efficiency. Maritime development Currently, almost $2bn worth of investment is being put toward upgrading Ghana’s two major ports: Tema and Takoradi.
  • sustainable Housing for Rural Families in Africa

    AFRICA, 2016/05/22 Until recently, the major thrust of AVN's work has been in Burkina Faso, and over the border in neighbouring regions of southern Mali. But three years ago, we started getting requests from several organisations for sending trained VN master masons from Burkina Faso to work on projects in Senegal. Of these requests, the majority significant has been in the region of Matam in north-eastern Senegal: the construction of a technical training centre and annexes (La maison des énergies) in Thiangol, close to the Senegal river, launched in January 2009, with financial sponsorship from the Communauté de Communes Val de Drôme (CCVD), France.
  • Roads, education top Ambode’s 2016 budget

    NIGERIA, 2016/01/05 Roads and education will attract the highest spending for this year, going by the 2016 budget signed by Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos National. This was released as the national government officially released a partial breakdown of the 2016 budget. At the breakdown of the budget presented by the Commission for Economic Planning and Budget, Akinyemi Ashade at the National Home, Ikeja, Lagos, Southwest Nigeria on Monday, Ambode will spend N89.9 billion on the construction, rehabilitation and maintenance of roads and public buildings. The breakdown as well showed that N86 billion has been earmarked for education in a bid to tackle onerous decay and revamp the ailing sector.
  • Consortium from Spain signs agreement to build 20 projects in Guinea-Bissau

    SPAIN, 2015/11/22 Spanish consortium “Ribert Investment & Business Trust/Indico PLC” will soon start construction of 801 low-cost houses in a suburb of Bissau, the capital of Guinea-Bissau, announced Roberto Mondejar, head of the business group. The construction of social housing is one of 20 projects that the consortium intends to run in Guinea-Bissau, under an agreement signed between the Government of Guinea-Bissau and Roberto Mondejar, who heads the group of Spanish businessmen who on Wednesday began a four-day visit to the country.
  • Nigeria: Buhari Decries Influx of Foreign Construction Workers

    NIGERIA, 2015/11/15 President Muhammadu Buhari has directed the Federal Ministries of Works and Lands, Housing and Urban Development to urgently prepare action plan for speedy revitalisation of the country's vocational training centres. A statement by the president's Senior Appropriate Assistant on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu, said Buhari gave the directive at a conference with the Board of Directors of Julius Berger Nigeria Plc. It said that the president was told that, because of shortage of competent construction workers and artisans in the country, construction companies were forced to bring in skilled expatriates.
  • Brikama Misira Residents Unhappy With Poor Road Conditions

    GAMBIA, 2015/08/19 Residents from the six major streets of Brikama Missira have expressed dissatisfaction over the current road conditions which is making the cost of transport fares increasingly difficult.This prompted the Village Development Committee, (VDC), to appeal for the digging of a drainage system. Chairperson of the committee, Jim Danjo, speaking to this reporter at his residence on Friday, 14th August, 2015, said the conditions of the streets are very appalling. He said the present national of streets is a cause for concern for the VDC and the people, since it is giving them a lot of problems in terms of accessibility to the major mosque, transportation of goods from other places to the area, and even carrying corpse to the cemetery at present, since all the major entrance points are in very bad situations. "The VDC has embarked on several road rehabilitation activities since 2008, but could not still find a lasting solution to the inaccessibility due to the construction of the major highway which is preventing water from flowing away," he said.
  • Nigerian investor Aliko Dangote, who has expressed interest in reviving the moribund Dakar-Bamako railway transport.

    MALI, 2015/07/29 Nigerian businessman Aliko Dangote has expressed interest in revitalising the moribund Dakar-Bamako railway transport. Senegalese media said Tuesday that the Nigerian millionaire’s decision stemmed from the fact that he would need to export his cement to other nations in the sub region. Since early this year, the ‘Dangote Ciment’ became the third cement producer in Senegal next Sahel and Soccocim factories located near Dakar.
  • Akwa Ibom Acquires 14, 900 Hectares of Land for Seaport Nigeria

    NIGERIA, 2014/09/02 Akwa Ibom government on Friday said it had acquired 14, 900 hectares of land for the take-off of Ibaka Deep Seaport in Mbo Local Government Area of the national. The national governor, Chief Godswill Akpabio, made this known in Uyo at the same time as the chairman of Infrastructure Concession Regulatory Commission (ICRC), Sen. Ken Nnamani, visited him. Akpabio said that the development of the seaport would be done through Public-Private-Partnership (PPP), and therefore solicited the involvement of ICRC in the project.