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The Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Infrastructure Development in Africa

Chinese workers stand at the construction site of Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) during the Presidential Inspection of the SGR Nairobi-Naivasha Phase 2A project in Nairobi, Kenya, on June 23, 2018. Yasuyoshi CHIBA / AFP

By Emmanuel Amoah-Darkwah and Ricardo Reboredo

Africa has not been spared from the economic crisis triggered by the COVID-19 pandemic. The International Monetary Fund (IMF) is projecting -3.2% GDP growth in Sub-Saharan Africa, while the World Bank also projects GDP growth rates between -2.1% and -5.1%. This article will focus on Africa’s infrastructure projects and parse out the variegated effects that COVID -19 will have on these developments.

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