The financial crisis brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic combined with a curtailment in Chinese lending contributed to a 35% drop in the number of infrastructure construction projects in East Africa, and a 47% plunge in the value of those projects, according to Deloitte’s recently published The Africa Construction Trends Report (2020).
The sharp decline in East Africa weighs heavily on the rest of the continent, given that the region accounts for nearly a third of all construction projects on the continent and 20% of the sector’s total value.
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