The CAR has made progress developing infrastructure in the transport, water, power, and information and communications technology (ICT) sectors but the high cost of fuel, which raises transportation and energy costs, has been a vexing issue across all infrastructure sectors. One of the most pressing infrastructural challenges lies in the transport sector, which relies heavily on connectivity with neighboring countries.
The CAR may benefit from improved road conditions and enhanced performance at the port of Douala in Cameroon. Furthermore, raising the country's infrastructure endowment to that of the region's middle-income countries could boost annual growth.
As of 2015, there are no PPP-specific laws or institutions in place and PPP activity has been limited to one water PPP and private investment in the telecom sector.
The Global Competitiveness Index (GCI) is published in the Global Competitiveness Report and assesses the competitiveness landscape of 140 economies. The GCI Infrastructure Score is a component of the overall index and covers transport, electricity and telephony infrastructure.
This paper is a product of the Sustainable Development Department, Africa Region. It is part of a larger effort by the World Bank to provide open access to its research and make a contribution to development policy discussions around the world.
Between 2000 and 2005, infrastructure contributed less than 1 percentage point to the Central African Republic’s annual per capita GDP growth, despite substantial spending in the road sector. Raising the country’s infrastructure endowment to that of the region’s middle income countries could boost annual growth by about 3.5 percentage points.
This study is a product of the Africa Infrastructure Country Diagnostic (AICD), a project designed to expand the world’s knowledge of physical infrastructure in Africa. The AICD provides a baseline against which future improvements in infrastructure services can be measured, making it possible to monitor the results achieved from donor support. It also offers a solid empirical foundation for prioritizing investments and designing policy reforms in Africa’s infrastructure sectors.
The focus of the AICD country reports is on benchmarking sector performance and quantifying the main financing and efficiency gaps at the country level. These reports are particularly relevant to national policy makers and development partners working on...