Examples of such efforts include the role of telecoms ministries in creation of new technology universities in Egypt, Ghana and Kenya.
Similarly, ongoing infrastructure corridors such as the one connecting Kenya to South Sudan and Ethiopia provide a foundation.
Building such capacity rapidly is important for three key reasons.
Fifth, armed forces are one of the most important sources of engineering capacity.Carefully-designed programmes could help to repurpose sections of the military to support infrastructure construction.To do this, the military will need to strengthen its own internal engineering capacity.Engaging the forces in civilian projects is not new.At face value, Africa’s engineering challenges are daunting.
Leading economies such as South Africa and Nigeria suffer from critical shortages that are worsened by international skill migration.Mining operations on the continent should also serve as foundations for building capacity.Such investments will pay off in the long run through reductions in maintenance costs.Africa is experiencing remarkable economic growth against all odds.The International Monetary Fund has projected that the continent will grow by 6.1 per cent in 2014, compared to the world average of 3.7 per cent.There are a few strategic measures that the countries can use to ramp up their capacity.