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Infrastructure Insight: East Africa - Key Highlights

  • Published:Thursday, September 27, 2018

There are huge infrastructure upgrades underway across the region in roads, railways and power generation. The value of the infrastructure market in the three largest markets (Ethiopia, Kenya and Tanzania) will rise from US$25.92 billion in 2017 to US$98.82 billion by 2022, according to GlobalData.


GlobalData is tracking 287 large-scale projects across East Africa at all stages of development from announcement to execution, with a combined value of US$209.08 billion. Kenya, with 88 projects, has the greatest number of large infrastructure projects in East Africa in its project pipeline, amounting to US$47.86 billion, while Ethiopia (58 projects) has the highest value (worth US$51.88 billion). In East Africa, the transport (rail and road) and energy sectors account for a large proportion of the project pipeline, making up 37.1% and 45.2% respectively, with project values amounting to US$77.51 billion and US$94.55 billion respectively.


Regional governments’ plans to develop transport networks are expected to provide positive prospects for the market over the forecast period. Similarly, East Africa’s energy market is attracting a great deal of interest among investors, as a result of its steady economic growth and its potential to become one of the largest producers and exporters of oil and natural gas globally

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