So Many Projects, So Little Funding

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Vivienne Sequeira, Infrastructure Director, The Corporate Council on Africa 2015 marks the first year that sub-Saharan
Africa inaugurated its first light rail system in Addis Ababa. The rail will
serve the commuters from the southern industrial zones to the center of Addis
Ababa. A construction of a second line is underway to move people from east to
west of the city. Soon, 60,000 Ethiopians in the capital will benefit
from the $475 million transportation project. Other large transportation projects,
such as the rail road linking Addis Ababa to Djibouti, will be operational in
2016 and similar projects are being developed throughout the continent.
Transport corridors serve as economic m...

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Africa's Northern Corridor Project

By Sonia Mfasoni, East Africa Director, The Corporate
Council on Africa Two years ago, in 2013, Kenyan President
Kenyatta, Rwandan President Kagame, South Sudanese President Kiir, and Ugandan
President Museveni met to discuss the ways in which to collaborate to
accelerate development in the region; and the Northern Corridor Integration
Projects (NCIP) was conceived. The goal at the time was to resolve three main
issues: the time it took to transport goods from the Port of Mombasa to the
other landlocked states; the development of infrastructure along the corridor;
and reducing the cost of business in the region. Each country created a special
office to coordinate the Initiative, and the presi...

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The Great Lakes, Great Expectations

By Vivienne Sequeira, Infrastructure
Director, Corporate Council on Africa As the leader of a U.S. organization solely
focused on fostering business opportunities in Africa, The Corporate Council on
Africa (CCA)’s President and CEO Stephen Hayes moderated a special panel on the
Africa Great Lakes Region. This marks a significant turn in a discussion that
has thus far focused mainly on policy and peacebuilding. Since 2011, the State
Department has appointed three Special Envoys to the Great Lakes Region.
Starting with Ambassador Barrie Walkley, who served from December 2011 to June
2013, followed by former Senator Russ Feingold, who served for 18 months from
July 2013 to March 2015, and finall...

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Mobile Tech and Rural African Women

By
Priscilla Mutembwa, ICT Director, The Corporate Council on Africa Africa is the second most mobile-connected
continent and is on track to hit one billion mobile subscriptions by 2015,
according to Informa Telecoms. The impact of this technology has been
phenomenal and is transforming people’s lives in several ways to an even
greater extent than in developed countries, and opening up a wealth of new
opportunities. What makes the Africa story most interesting is the way that
technology has positively impacted the people that one would least expect it to:
rural women. It has provided them with the opportunity to actively participate
in critical sectors of economy such as education, agricultur...

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