The Trans-African Highway Network Will Connect the Continent, But What Role Will China Play?

Envisioned in 1971 by the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), the Trans-African Highway (TAH) is a network of nine highways that would span a total of 60,000 km (37,282 mi) across the continent.(Photo: Wikimedia Commons)

Since the days before African independence, when the European colonizers controlled the continent, there has been a vision of building a vast network of highways connecting the African nations. Now, as the African nations make strides towards closer economic cooperation, common markets, and breaking down barriers to travel and trade in goods and services, this notion of a plan for interconnected roads linking the continent has much potential. However, there are impediments, but also potential help from China in making this long-term vision a…

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