Some of the largest conglomerates on the planet have already contracted to participate in what is poised to be the largest master planned affordable housing, power, logistics and job creation project in Sub-Saharan Africa.
The centre point from which all infrastructure projects evolve, the www.AfricanBeltAndRoad.com is an initiative to connect West Africa to East Africa by rail and beyond by sea.
The www.TransAfricanRailway.com route is from Mombasa to Nigeria with spurs from Cameroon to Angola and from Nigeria to Ghana. The African Belt and Road is the foundation upon which www.innohabitat.com is establishing the world’s first chain of Branded Affordable Townships with Dry Port Free Trade Zones and integrated Solar Farm Power Plants in capital cities along the route.
Voids along the railway route are linked by www.RoadRail.org off-road road-train and the route is intended to be extended by sea and air. Passenger & Cargo logistics by sea is via www.SeaRail.org high speed wave piercing ferry from Nigeria to Senegal and by low cost airline to international markets via www.AirRail.uk.
Contracts have already been signed with multi-billion dollar corporations such a power conglomerate to provide 100% foreign investment to build twenty power plants in addition to the railway, construction, hotel chains and Free Trade Zone industries.
Phase One, the $13 Billion SGR Railway from Mombasa to Nairobi was completed in 4th Qtr 2017. Innohabitat has completed a pre-feasibility on a 3,000 acre mega logistics township at Voi, which is poised to be the main clearance facility for Mombasa Port to Nairobi and is to be the junction to extend the Trans African Railway network to Tanzania and beyond.
The new logistic Hub at Voi connects to the new East Africa railway system which includes Tanzania, Burundi, Rwanda and Uganda with connections to Zambia, DRC, South Sudan, Ethiopia and Somalia. The route continues through Central African Rep., Cameroon and Nigeria with connections from Cameroon to Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, DRC and Angola and from Nigeria to Benin, Togo and Ghana.
The African Belt and Road is expected to be the largest skills training and job creation initiation on the continent and is issuing a challenge to Corporations and the ECOWAS Governments to attend the Africa Impact Investing Leaders Forum 2018. The objective is to engage in workshops designed to produce a result, during which participants work together to realise proposed projects.
One such example is Searail, the objective of the workshop is to establish terminals at strategic locations along the coast from Nigeria to Senegal. Searail is intended to operate a fleet of RoPax Wave Piercing Catamaran High Speed Ferries. The vessels are capable of operating comfortably in ocean wave conditions and carries 700 passengers and 181 cars at speeds of 40 knots. Featuring bow and stern ramps for fast and efficient loading and unloading.
The service commences at Lekki Free Zone, the route includes Ikorodu, Victoria Island, Daddo Terminal (Nigeria), Cotonou (Benin), Lome (Togo), Tema, Cape Coast & Takoradi (Ghana), Abidjan & San-Pedro (Cote dIvoire), Harper & Monrovia (Liberia), Freetown (Sierra Leone) Conakry (Guinea), Bissau (Guinea Bissau), Banjul (Gambia) and Dakar (Senegal) and return in addition to personnel and freight services to the oil rigs.
Searail is designed to be a viable commuting preference to air and road travel in addition to cross border freight haulage for the transport industry. The objective is to dramatically improve the time, efficiencies and costs for the movement of commodities to significantly stimulate trade in the region.
The master planning of the African Belt and Road also includes the implementation of last mile deliveries to ensure a holistic solution. www.CollectDepot.com provide mini low cost warehousing facilities in rural locations to receive online and offline parcels for collection or delivery.
Last mile deliveries are performed by www.innocourier.com utilising specially designed low-maintenance, off-road delivery vehicles. InnoCourier has conceived a unique structure to form teams of four single mothers where one drives, one child minds, one markets and one has free time for chores. 74 Branch Depot locations have been identified in Ghana providing opportunity for 14,208 single mothers.
The mechanism for funding is already in place through the www.Buy2Lease.comRemittance Alternative which provides an innovative high yield return on long term monthly remittance payments to beneficiaries. The volume of conventional domestic remittance in to Ghana is currently $2,000,000,000 per annum.
The Buy2Lease mechanism is leveraged through www.Equity2Own.uk to facilitate larger volumes of participation. Equity2Own, which is also provided by www.CentralLondonCapital.co.uk enables Diaspora to acquire new property in Ghana at a significant 33% discount. The mechanism and the discount is being well received by Diaspora in the UK, EU & USA.
The new properties are being provided through www.CentralLondonRealEstate.com (CLRE). CLRE has already secured participation in the program from 15 of the top 15 Property Developers in Ghana enabling the largest portfolio of new Ghanaian properties ever formulated.
Typically, the African Diaspora have gained knowledge and expertise and want to return to their indigenous country, but don’t because of the lack of safe living environments and job opportunity. The African Belt and Road provides the ability to acquire affordable property in prime housing estates and provides unprecedented volumes of business opportunity enabling repatriation.
Business opportunity is abound, all of the above mentioned infrastructure ventures are open for participation via joint venture, investment or acquisition.
The African Belt and Road also provides unprecedented opportunity for major international brands and manufacturers to establish assembly and distribution through the Dry-Port Free Trade Zones. The emphasis is on sustainable building materials, construction, renewable energy, automotive, food processing and logistics industries.
There is an immediate demand for large established construction companies worldwide to provide turnkey construction on fully funded projects that can provide confirmed payment guarantee.
MOZAMBIQUE: Cargofret is based in Mozambique provides Air-Road-Sea Transport from Pemba to Durban. Cargfret intends to link to the African Belt and Road by providing a feeder services to/from Mombasa to enable connection to South Africa.
PAKISTAN: Innohabitat has signed a joint venture agreement with the largest and most prominent property developer in Pakistan, currently developing seventeen upmarket developments including five subdivision township projects.
The intention is to develop eleven Affordable Sustainable Townships which incorporate a Bonded Dry Port Logistics Free Trade Zone and Solar Farm Power Plant. The identified locations being Islamabad, Peshawar, Lahore, Sahiwal, Dl Hkan, Quetta, Sukkur, Panjgur, Hyderabad, Gwadar and Karachi.
Construction is well underway with the $55 Billion Belt and Road plan that is currently being established in Pakistan.
These township developments with Bonded Dry Port Logistics Free Trade Zones along the Belt and Road in Pakistan effectively connects West Africa directly to into China.
By Gavin Tokely, Managing Director, Innohabitat Ltd.