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Tuesday, 07 January 2020 01:00

7-story building collapse in Cambodia

A 7-story building that was under construction collapsed in Cambodia on January 3, 2019, resulting in 2 fatalities.

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  • Date occured Friday, 03 January 2020

According to a new study, issued by the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH), China's skyscrapers construction dropped by 38% in 2019.

15 people were confirmed dead after a building collapse occurred in Bamako, the capital of Mali.

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  • Date occured Sunday, 01 September 2019
Saturday, 07 November 2015 17:34

Bridge Will Link Africa To Europe

The proposed Jean-Monnet-Bridge is estimated to have a length of 230 km and it will be built with stones - It will join Tunisia to Sicily.

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  • Date occured Saturday, 07 November 2015
Wednesday, 29 April 2015 03:04

China Continues Extreme Investment in Africa

Worth a total of almost $5.5 billion, the China Railway Construction Corporation (CRCC) has signed two railway construction deals in Africa. CRCC is tasked with building a $3.5 billion intercity railway line in Nigeria’s southwestern Ogun State and a $1.93 billion residential construction project in Zimbabwe. These projects will help promote the expansion of China’s presence across the continent, while making its firms more competitive globally. This will also tighten China’s grip on Africa’s infrastructure economy.

Monday, 13 April 2015 00:00

Delay on DR Congo's Inga 3 Dam

Construction on the massive Inga 3 dam, which is expected to produce 4,800 megawatts of power for the Democratic Republic of Congo, won’t begin until 2017 at the earliest. This is according to a Thursday statement by the World Bank and signals a fresh delay in the project.

“Work should get underway in 2017,” said the World Bank’s DR Congo manager Ahmadou Moustapha Ndiaye. “there are still a lot of technical questions to be resolved,”

As Africa continues to develop, one of the main challenges it still faces, is its shortage of completed infrastructure projects. In many cases public funding alone cannot provide the resources needed to develop African countries’ infrastructure. Public budgets are spread too thin due to the need to develop other aspects of these countries as well as build roads and bridges. According to a 2010 report issued by the World Bank, the continent’s inadequate transportation, power, and communication systems are causing sub-Saharan African economic growth to decrease by two percentage points each year. In addition to the growth decrease, poor infrastructure can decrease business productivity by 40 percent annually. Elizabeth Uwaifo, the Director of Africa Agribusiness Knowledge Centers and a Partner at international business law firm Fasken Martineau, is calling for the use of Public Private Partnerships (PPP) to bridge the funding gaps in sub-Saharan Africa and improve the continent’s physical infrastructure.

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  • Date occured Tuesday, 01 April 2014