Le Développement économique face aux enjeux infrastructurels en Afrique
Thu December 13 2018, 8:30 AM – Fri December 14 2018, 5:30 PM


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5th Conference of Public Works and Infrastructures - 

13 & 14 December 2018 - 

"Economic Growth Facing Infrastructural Issues in Africa"

Infrastructures, Africa’s top priority 

The integration of African states in the global economy as well as the achievement of the objectives of emergence, requires the creation of infrastructures and BCW (Building and Civil engineering Works) to effectively contribute to the inclusive economic growth by promoting the welfare of their population. The demands of globalization are pushing Africa to provide adequate infrastructures and BCW through the use of digital technology, innovation and sustainable, intelligent constructions. One of the goals of sustainable development is to create cities with equal opportunities for all, giving access to basic services, energyhousing and transport.
This economic component of emergence aims to make Africa a magnet for investment and to facilitate its successful integration into the world economy thanks to its export capacity and the quality of its reforms. It will also promote competitiveness and cost reduction. This revolution supports the aspiration of Africans to change, for a better standard of living emanating from the economic transformations engaged to offer opportunities allowing all to live a healthy life and thus to give back to Africa what it has always been: the cradle of humanity.

Industrial development induced by infrastructure and construction will enable Africa to solve its major economic and socio-political problems, but also to reduce the global poverty that fuels violence, terrorism, massive migration of unskilled labor and unemployment.

In short, infrastructural progress is first and foremost a moral imperative because it provides access to basic services, but also a pressing economic necessity for inclusive and transformative growth. The way towards this growth rests on an essential sector and whose profitability will not be denied: infrastructures.

The infrastructure and construction sector will provide products andservices adapted to the growing needs of the population. Energywater, sanitation, telecommunications and transportation are keyconcerns that should be allocated more resources to ensure theeconomic growth. According to the African Development Bank, toalleviate its concerns, Africa will need nearly $100billion a year, while less than half of this amount is available to date hence theimperative needs of investing in Infrastructures. Infrastructureinvestments in Africa are essential for economic development,especially when results translate into improved mobility of people,goods and services, and better control of intra- and inter-statefinancial flows.

International Organizations such as the Africa Infrastructure Development Program (AIDP) developed by the African Union Commission (AUC), the NEPAD Agency, the African Development Bank (AFDB), the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), all agree that infrastructure is Africa's top priority. They promote regional economic integration by building mutually beneficial infrastructure and strengthening the capacity of countries to exchange and establish regional value chains for increasedcompetitiveness. The programs and projects of its agencies are expected to lead to an integrated continent, foster international trade,job creation and sustainable economic growth. The PDIA is a solution by and for Africans that was endorsed by the Heads of State and Government at their 18th Summit in January 2012 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.