Africa specialist punts local presence as key to capitalising as infrastructure spend set to boom

Through innovation in the energy sphere, Africa is slowly starting to overcome historical blockages that have prevented the continent from achieving economic growth and creating sustainable jobs, according to energy consultancy Africa House director Duncan Bonnett. Speaking at a PowerGen and DistribuTECH breakfast in Sandton on Thursday, Bonnett noted that such blockages as a lack of urbanisation masterplans in cities, a lack of finance and market access, a lack of reliable power and transport utilities in the continent’s industrial sectors, and a lack of finance and ancillary infrastructure in the information and communication technology, telecommunications and power sectors, still held back many countries on the continent.