High growth and the transformation of African cities

by Jörgen Eriksson on July 12, 2013

The Atlantic coverToday my friend and colleague Hokan Pettersson sent me a link to an article in The Atlantic, an American literary and cultural commentary magazine, about how sub-Saharan Africa´s growth is creating vast urbanized areas across the continent.

The Atlantic is an interesting magazine, having achieved profitability through going digital and bravely opening up a website with all articles and historical archives available for free. See this link for an interesting article about the magazines business model.

Click on the link below to access the article about the transformation of Africa. It is a great read.

How Africa’s New Urban Centers Are Shifting Its Old Colonial Boundaries.

As I travel frequently for work in east, west and south Africa, I have seen this happening at an increasing pace.

Maputu old airportFor example, back in 2008, the airport of Maputo in Mozambique was one of the most aged I had seen. Most aircrafts were small and boarding took place out on the runway.

Then in 2010 a new modern and state-of-the-art terminal with  capacity for 900,000 passengers a year was opened, to cover for a multiplied increase in air travelling.

Over the last few years, Mozambique has experienced average economic growth rates in excess of 7%, with the growth of the agricultural, manufacturing industry, trade and transport sectors all playing an important role. The country remains one of the worlds poorest, but this can change fast.

Maputu new airport 

The urban landscapes of Maputo, Lagos, Nairobi, Dar es Salaam, Accra, etc., are changing fast and development of infra structure often lags behind. Modern city design principles, such as the symbio city initiative, becomes increasingly important.

About Jörgen Eriksson :

Jörgen Eriksson is the founder of Bearing and is the Chairman of the firm since it was created. He has successfully expanded Bearing into covering projects on four continents. He is also Adjunct Professor of Innovation Management at the International University of Monaco and at Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya in Barcelona and he is an active member of the Founders Alliance organisation.

Working with consulting engagements across Bearings practices, he has over the past fifteen years participated in and supervised a large number of client projects, from innovation system development and place development and branding, to merger and acquisition assignments and leading edge research and business development activities for key clients.

His new book, Branding for Hooligans, will be published in 2015. It is about how innovation and branding are key survival factors in our modern times of hyper competitive markets.

Prior to Bearing, he was Director of Europe, Middle East, and Africa for Trema Treasury Management, a technology and consulting services provider, supplying financial software solutions for the global financial industry, Clients included The European Central Bank, Citibank, SEB, South African reserve Bank, Deutsche Bank, Abu Dhabi Investment Authority (ADIA), as well as many other large financial institutions and Fortune 500 companies.

Early in his career Eriksson was educated at the Stockholm School of Economics, where he studied economics, financial economics and philosophy. He then worked in Scandinavian investment banks and also for the Swedish Institute of National Defense Research.

You can contact Jörgen on e-mail jorgen.eriksson@bearing-consulting.com, connect on LinkedIn on http://fr.linkedin.com/pub/jörgen-eriksson/0/38/8a0/ and follow him on twitter on joreri508.

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