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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.
  • Chinese bank grants loan to Angola for construction of Soyo power plant

    CHINA, 2017/01/23 The Industrial and Commercial Bank of China will provide a loan of US$837 million for the construction of a combined cycle power plant in Soyo, Angola, an all equivalent to 85% of the cost, according to a government document. The document quoted by Portuguese news agency Lusa said the agreement between the government of Angola and the Chinese bank had been signed in the initial half of 2016, two years next the work began.
  • Construction materials provide foundation for Gabon’s growth

    GABON, 2016/11/24 Amidst a continued push by the government to expand housing stock and road networks, Gabon is building a number of new cement and steel factories to boost domestic production of construction materials and reduce the trade deficit. Today, with the exception of cement, some 90% of Gabon’s building materials are imported from Europe and China. Into the mix
  • 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.
  • Over 60 KM of Batchenga-Ka a Rail Line Refurbished , Cameroon

    CAMEROON, 2015/08/12 The 22nd ordinary session of the Inter-ministerial Committee in charge of Railway Infrastructure, COMIFER, met on August 7, 2015, in Yaounde, to assess the level of evolution of projects. The get-together under the chair of COMIFER President who happens to be the Minister of Transport, Robert Nkili, saluted strides made since the 21st session that met on May 26, 2015. On the table for scrutiny was the follow-up of recommendations, presentation of the decision creating an ad-hoc committee for the elaboration of the second phase of the 2016-2020 investment projects to modernize railway infrastructure, the level of evolution of plans to have automatic railway crossing safety barriers in Douala and Yaounde, amongst others.
  • Luanda Government signs road repairs contract

    ANGOLA, 2015/05/14 The arrangement aims to ensure the development of road traffic in the urban hull. The work include repair of potholes, sidewalks and curbs, replacement of damaged or missing road signals, pavement with asphalt, placing lids missing in sanitation collection boxes, painting curbs and execution of horizontal signals. Worth USD 78.9 million (about 860. 49 billion Kwanzas), the arrangement will have a deadline of six months, starting on 13 May and set to end on 09 November this year.
  • Bulldozing Work Underway On Rural Section of Yaounde-Nsimalen Motorway

    CAMEROON, 2014/08/30 Bulldozing work is underway on the 10.8-km rural section of the Yaounde-Nsimalen double carriage road which comprises a national-of-the-art road to link Carrefour Ahala, passing through Carrefour Meyo to the Nsimalen roundabout. Target is to ensure a smooth circulation of goods and persons to and from the Nsimalen international airport. The Chinese firm, China Communications Construction Company Ltd, which got a service order on May 2, 2014 has by presently set base at Ntoutouli, Mefou and Afamba Division and its machines are currently clearing the forest and bulldozing the path. Preparatory work has been done on over three km.
  • New fleets to ease transit in urban Gabon

    GABON, 2014/07/12 With the recent arrival of a fleet of new buses, Gabon’s capital city of Libreville is set for a welcome relief to the traffic congestion that clogs its major thoroughfares. To maximise efficiency, the country’s transport authority is in the planning stages of widening streets and dedicating a appropriate bus lane on major routes. Meanwhile, the authority has ordered 100 metered-taxis, which are currently being rolled out across the city. Since additional than a third of the country’s 1.6m people live in this coastal city and much of its commerce passes through Port Mole, the new system is expected to do much to boost the speed and sprawl of the city’s urban transit, free up the roads for lorries carrying goods and improve the efficiency of the economy. The recent investments in urban transit form part of a package of infrastructure spending launched under the Emerging Gabon national development plan, aimed at diversifying the economy away from dependence on hydrocarbons. Oil and gas have been the dominant sector since the 1970s but production peaked in 1997 at 370,000 barrels per day and has since declined by one-third as large oil fields have matured. Oil accounts for about half of Gabon’s gross domestic product (GDP).
  • PM Instructs Speed Up of Road Projects in Cameroon

    CAMEROON, 2014/06/02 The Prime Minister, Chief of Government, Mr YANG Philemon, Chairman of the National Road Board (CONAROUTE), today Tuesday, 27 May 2014 as from 11:00 a.m., chaired the 16th session of the Board in the major building of his Office. In attendance, apart from his close aides, were the statutory members of the Board inclunding specially invited personalities inclunding the Government Delegates to the Bamenda and Ebolowa City Councils. The session was devoted mainly to: (i) assessing the implementation evolution of 2013 programmes; and (ii) considering FY 2014 programmes for validation. In his opening statement, the Chairman of the Board drew the attention of contracting Authorities on the need to optimize resources allocated for road infrastructure construction, rehabilitation and maintenance works. He asked them to resort to direct labour for minor works and to look for strategies to reduce the cost of road inputs such as aggregates and reinforcing steel. He as well recommended the use of approved, much cheaper surfacing products such as ROCAMIX, CARBONCOR and CON-AID/CBR PLUS.