Port logistics infrastructure quality development in Africa: the influence on trade and economic development

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Abstract

Purpose
In the twenty first century global business, supply chain and logistics functions and activities have moved from mainly production processes and movements of products through storage and retail outlets to the markets. Supply logistics now incorporate related core functions of cargo handling and efficient provision of agile logistics services. Since 2014, as UNCTAD (2015) indicated, World merchandise trade volumes have continued to grow at a steady rate of 2.3 percent and over 80 percent of all trade is claimed to be seaborne Stopford (2009), it becomes imperative for increased investment to improve and port infrastructure quality for better logistics performance to influence economic development, particularly in the continent of Africa.

This paper will examine the current state of logistics infrastructure quality and facilitation in Africa and evaluate the impact on the continent’s competitive advantage in trade and economic development. It will discuss port infrastructure development and the influence it might have on logistics performance in to costs, reliability, agility and predictability of supply chain delivery.

Design/methodology/approach
Secondary analysis will be the methods of research.

Findings
It is envisaged that suitable insights would be gained to help to develop improved new models that will be beneficial to trade and development in Africa.

Research limitations/Implications
Main limitation is that the paper will be secondary information based.

Practical Implications
The research will examine existing theories in the subject field from which it will draw implications that will have practical improvement on port infrastructure development in Africa.

Social Implications
It is hoped that the paper will impact on government policies and influence port regulations across the continent of Africa.

Originality/Value of a paper
The value of the paper will reflect on outcome and the implications that will be drawn from investigation.
Original languageEnglish
Pages66-66
Number of pages1
Publication statusPublished - 29 Aug 2019
Event Centre for African Research on Enterprise and Economic Development 4th Annual Conference - Universitt of the West of Scotland, Paisley, United Kingdom
Duration: 29 Aug 201930 Aug 2019

Conference

Conference Centre for African Research on Enterprise and Economic Development 4th Annual Conference
Abbreviated titleCAREED 2019
CountryUnited Kingdom
CityPaisley
Period29/08/1930/08/19

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