African projects named in global infrastructure guide

Dire Dawa StationDire Dawa station on the Ethiopia Djibouti Railway. (Image soruce: Bamse)KPMG’s Global Infrastructure Practice has named six African projects among its list of 100 most innovative global infrastructure projects

The six selected projects were marked out for the manner in which they have made cities across the continent more liveable and sustainable. 

The BRICS Cable Project in South Africa and Mauritius joined the Djibouti Railway in Ethiopia and the Lagos Metro Blue Line in Nigeria on the KPMG's list.

The three other projects included on the list were the Durban Waste to Energy Project in South Africa, the Queen Mamohato Memorial Hospital in Lesotho and the O3b Networks project.

All six projects feature in the second edition of Infrastructure 100: World Cities Edition, recently released at the World Cities Summit in Singapore.

DeBuys Scott, director of the Global Infrastructure and Projects Group at KPMG in South Africa, describe the inclusion of the six project on the list as "a very proud achievement" for the continent.

"These projects show that Africa’s time truly has come and that many of the challenges investors have traditionally associated with the continent are being dealt with," DeBuys remarked.

"Even more importantly, the challenges are being addressed in cutting edge, innovative ways."

The 34,000km-long BRICS Cable Project, which consists of two-fibre pair submarine cable, was also named the overall most innovative project in the Communications Infrastructure category.

Meanwhile, the US$1.2bn Ethiopia Djibouti Railway was noted for its scale and potential impact on economic growth in the Horn of Africa. The 656km-long line will connect Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa with Djibouti and provide Ethiopia with better coastal access.

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