Urban Transport

The Africa Transport Policy Program (SSATP) provides figures (for all Africa) that give an idea of the scale of the problem:

  • It has a 4.5 % annual population growth rate;
  • There will be more than 300 million city residents by 2030;
  • 60% of all Africans will live in cities by 2050;
  • The population of Africa will reach 4 billion by 2100.

Improved urban transport needs to accompany the growth of cities. Progress is being made. A few casual observations:

  • The first subway system in SSA opened last month in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia;
  • Highways are being built – the most impressive one to me is the one connecting Lagos Island to the airport: a 10 km construction built over water;
  • Uber operates in some large cities, alleviating traffic and improving safety.

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Africa Ariño

By Africa Ariño, professor in the Strategic Management Department at IESE Business School. Dr. Ariño received her Ph.D. in Management from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).