There is a very
strong relationship between a country’s economic development and the quality of
its road network.
Roads play a very
important role in connecting people and contribute in an immense way to the
economic growth of a country. Moreover, roads aid businesses and travel, which
in turn spur economic growth.
However, when it comes
to ranking countries by their road networks, African countries lag way behind.
This is surprising considering the fact that a chunk of the budgetary
allocations in many African countries are centered on road development, yet
very little can be shown for it.
But which countries
in Africa have the best road networks?
Namibia was ranked
first on the 2018 Road Quality Index for Africa and this did not come as a
surprise to many who know the country well.
The southwest African
country boasts of more than 42 000 kilometers of state-maintained roads that
make traveling not only easy but also a fantastic experience.
A tour company in
Namibia proudly wrote on its brochure that the roads in Namibia are a tourist
attraction on their own.
In ranking the
countries, the Global Competitive Report index tracks the performance of
approximately 140 countries on 12 pillars of competitiveness, including the
quality of road infrastructure development, maintenance and urban-rural
Namibia scored an
impressive 5.2 out of a score of 7 to be ranked the best in Africa. This also
means that the country is way ahead of Ecuador, Bahrain, Qatar and Great
Britain which all scored a 5.1.
The other African
countries to make the top 50 in the world are South Africa and Rwanda which
were both ties on 5.0 each, with Mauritius follows closely with a score of 4.7.
According to the just
released World Economic Forum 2018 Road Quality Index for Africa, these are the
top 10 African countries with the best road networks.
African Countries With The Best Roads
2. South Africa
4. Cote d’Ivoire
9. Cape Verde
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