Saturday, November 1, 2008

Zambia's infrastructure challenge...

Source [Zambian Economist]

I stumbled on the chart above of Zambia's spending on transport and communication. The chart is certainly not pretty. Zambia's spending on infrastructure has been declining since the 1970s. But what is even more revealing is that the Mwanawasa years appeared to have reversed the second part of the Chiluba years (i.e. the post SAP years). We know that transport and communication infrastructure are critical for growth, but for Zambia its even more important given its landlocked position. Its definitely important the next government prioritises transport and communication. Communication is particularly important and that must include making the sector more enabling to investment - something that Siliya is trying not to do.