Transport and logistics infrastructure
There remains a significant deficit in physical transport infrastructure (roads, rail, ports, etc.) in Africa, and this clearly needs to be addressed. However, The World Bank’s Logistics Performance Index (LPI) illustrates that the quality of infrastructure is only one of several factors contributing to transport and logistics cost and inefficiencies. The LPI analysis indicates that the inefficiency of customs and border management, for example, is as important a factor in the relative underperformance of many African countries.
Countries, such as Morocco, that are making substantial improvements in transport and logistics, are the ones that have implemented long-term and comprehensive reforms and investments across the transport and logistics supply chain. While there is no “cut- and-paste” approach, case studies indicate that, as important as investment in physical infrastructure is for improving transport and logistics in most African countries, so too is related improvements in customs, border management and regional facilitation and integration.
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