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 Form 4 Geography online lessons on transport and communication

Role of transport and communication in the economic development of Africa.

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Role of Transport and Communication in the Economic Development of Africa.
1. development of trade because buyers are able to move to markets, traders are able to move to market centres where products are in high demand and order goods for sale without necessarily going to the suppliers which reduces transport costs and hence increases profits.
2. Development of infrastructure by making tourist attractions accessible.
3. Promotion of industrial development/establishment of more industries since areas with good transport and communication
networks are likely to attract investors to set up industries and finished goods are able to reach consumers easily. Communication enables industrialists to know where raw materials are available without having to move a lot.
4. Promotes international understanding because it
enables citizens of different countries to be in close contact enabling them to learn about and appreciate each other’s culture resulting in good relationship.
5. Many people are employed in the transport and communication sectors e.g. drivers, mechanics, engineers, journalists, broadcasters, computer programmers etc.
6. Settlements develop where transport routes converge e.g. Khartoum at the confluence of blue and white Nile and Mombasa.