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- Rachid Houari
The Century of Africa
One of the major challenges facing Africa's seventeen landlocked countries is cargo accessibility by road rail and inland waterways. With Africa's ports now modernized and ready to ramp up trade to and from the continent, what does it take for ambitious intermodal infrastructure projects to move from the planning desk to reality? In an interview by UNCTAD's Jan Hoffman with Ethiopia's Minister for Transport, you will get a view of how accessibility is now a problem of the past for Ethiopian cargo owners.
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?