Africa must look to Eisenhower for inspiration

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By Ibrahim Mayaki

Extraordinary challenges demand radical thinking. The US, home to the world’s most developed road system, had no proper national system of freeways until the 1950s. The only reason the land of free enterprise engaged in road building on such an unprecedented scale was that the state mandated it.

Through the landmark Federal Aid Highway Act of 1956, President Dwight Eisenhower directed massive spending on roads and other infrastructure, giving birth to a transport network that to this day is a cornerstone of the US economy.

Full article on Financial Time here