How can these cities become economically dense—not merely crowded? How can they acquire efficient connections? And how can they draw firms and skilled workers with a more affordable, liveable urban environment?
Dr. Somik Lall, Lead Economist and chief author of the World Bank’s latest report, Africa's Cities: Opening Doors to the World, presented key findings on the economic, social and environmental state of Africa’s cities – and how to spring them from the low development trap.
'Cities powerfully concentrate human resources and capability to create the necessary critical mass to support business investment and operations, and at the same time they are gateways for reaching out to the global market. Getting the basics right therefore also means making sure that cities in Africa can function effectively as centres of commerce, productive hubs for industries, and vibrant markets for consumers.'
~ From 2015 Mastercard African Cities Growth Index.
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Date: Monday, 27 February 2017
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