The Trans-African Highway network comprises transcontinental road projects in Africa being developed by the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), the African Development Bank (ADB), and the African Union in conjunction with regional international communities.
They aim to promote trade and alleviate poverty in Africa through highway infrastructure development and the management of road-based trade corridors. Poverty affects development of international highways when scarce financial resources have to be directed towards internal rather than external priorities.
“Road transport is an important ingredient for economic growth, and this will be achieved in Africa through the Trans-Africa Highway,” said Association of Southern African National Roads Agencies (Asanra) programmes officer Snowden M’madi.
The total length of the nine highways in the network is 56 683 km, and this infographic outlines the Trans-African Highway network, essential for planning pit to port transportation in the mining industry.
Infographic: Trans-African highways for ‘pit to port’ planning
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