Mauritius eyes maritime projects, Africa links to boost growth

Seetanah Lutchmeenaraidoo © All Rights ReservedMauritius has a deal with a Chinese firm to develop a $113 million fishing port and is working with investors on plans to become a maritime hub for Africa, part of its bid to accelerate growth, the island nation's finance minister said on Thursday.

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African Ocean and Coasts - our heritage, our life, our destiny

Obiageli 'Oby' Ezekwesili is a former Vice President of the World Bank for Africa, a former Nigerian Education Minister and co-founder of Transparency International. Photo©ReutersAfrica has a combined coastline of over 47,000 km, and with that a vast ocean resource and potential new economic frontier. However it is under threat and in decline, writes Obiageli 'Oby' Ezekwesili.

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Transport: Tanzania plans $11 bn port project

Photo©ReutersIn its heyday, Bagamayo was a gateway to the heart of Africa for colonisers, with trade goods surging in from the Indian Ocean, and timber, ivory and countless slaves exported from the east coast harbour.

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Transport: Aviation and Maritime reforms beckon

Aircraft on runway in Ghana. Photo©Arne Hoel/The World Bank Africa's aviation industry is beginning to pick up thanks to the continent's impressive economic growth, but with seaports infrastructure largely abandoned in many countries in Africa over the years, there is urgent need for huge investments.

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Transport: Hien Sié restores confidence to Abidjan port

altAppointed director general of the port of Abidjan at the end of 2010, Hien Sié has seen a steady build-up of traffic since the port re-opened in April last year.

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Maritime piracy and Somalia's global canker

Maritime piracy, much of it directed against international ships sailing off the coasts of Somalia, claim lives and many millions of dollars each year. Wanjohi Kabukuru looks at some of the African and international efforts under way to stem the problem, although ultimately only a lasting political solution on the ground in Somalia itself will be effective.

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