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Vol 4 (AAC) No 6

Published 1st April 2011

Station to station

Asian rail builders are changing Africa's economic geography but concerns about transparency and corruption are paramount

Africa’s second railway boom is under way. The first was driven by Europe’s colonial powers, who needed to tranport ore, tea, coffee and other goods from the interior to the ports. This second boom is not that different but now it is Asia’s powers who are building the rail links. With rising demand from China and India for Africa’s natural resources, Beijing is currently backing rail projects worth tens of billions of dollars.

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