Investors are increasingly focused on developing Africa’s ports sector, particularly amid growing global interest in the continent’s huge potential as an exporter of battery metals. However, investment in land-based logistics infrastructure should not be overlooked. It needs to be significantly improved to drive down the costs of shipping cargo to global markets. 

Inefficiencies and bottlenecks in mine-to-port transport networks threaten to undermine the competitiveness of Africa’s vast reserves of battery metals, which could play a key role in international efforts to achieve carbon emission targets. Logistical obstacles could also frustrate the ability of SA to realise its agro-export ambitions. As such, investors in Africa’s ports should consider an integrated investment approach, giving them a degree of control and influence over export logistics corridors across the region.  ..

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