Finance Minister calls for investment in infrastructure to unlock Africa's potential

The Minister of Finance, Dr. Mohammed Amin Adam, emphasized the critical role of infrastructure development in achieving sustainable prosperity across Africa during his keynote address at the launch of the Africa Prosperity Dialogue 2025.

Themed “Delivering Africa’s Prosperity through Infrastructure: Invest. Integrate. Connect.”, the dialogue brings together key stakeholders to discuss solutions to socio-economic challenges hindering  Africa’s growth.

Dr. Adam highlighted the continent’s vast infrastructure deficit,  stating that inadequate transportation networks significantly inflate transport costs, hindering economic development. He cited the African  Development Bank’s estimate that closing the gap requires a minimum of $130 billion annually.

The Minister acknowledged the rising debt burden across Africa, urging for concerted efforts to address debt sustainability and promote fiscal discipline.

He mentioned the importance of strengthening  African financial and development institutions to mobilize capital more effectively and channel investments towards infrastructure projects.

Dr. Adam stressed the need to boost intra-African trade, which currently lags far behind other regions. He pointed to the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA)  as a critical mechanism to promote regional integration, economic resilience, and inclusive growth. He urged regional bodies like  ECOWAS and the African Union to spearhead initiatives facilitating cross-border infrastructure investments and connectivity.

Recognizing the limitations of traditional financing methods, Dr.  Adam called for exploring new avenues like public-private partnerships (PPPs) and green bonds. He also highlighted the potential of digital technologies to enhance financial inclusion and access to capital.

Dr. Adam concluded by expressing his gratitude to the Africa  Prosperity Network (APN) and participants for their commitment to the continent’s prosperity.

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