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- Michael Luguje
This is the Century of Africa. With 1.3 billion people and its rich natural resources, Africa has unlimited growth opportunities. Yet sea-to-land supply chain connectivity, both physically and digitally, still remains problematic in many parts of the continent. What role should Africa’s revitalised ports sector play to help unleash the continent’s true potential? Can the sector help convert Africa from a natural resource exporter and low-value import trader into a new global power?
The industry has experienced a transformation as increasing vessel sizes on the main East-West trades between Asia-Europe and on the Transpacific, leading to large and ultra-large container ships cascading down to African trade routes. What impact has this had on African ports and how have they adapted to this new reality? What does this mean for "hub and spoke" port calls and deep water port development?