Niamey, the largest and capital city in Niger, has a population of 1.3 million. Niger currently has the highest birth rate in the world, with the average woman giving birth to 7.2 children. Over half of the population is under 15 years old, a situation which often leads to social unrest as adults struggle to care for that many young. The country is struggling to provide young people with education, health care, and jobs. Jobs are scarce, and half of the population makes less than $2 US every day.
Bush taxi (Van) bargain
The price is fixed at XOF125 per person, and no charge for bags. The van usually fills up fast. As in most cities, if the driver is going to charge you more, the etiquette is that he tells you when he’s picking you up. If he springs it on you when the ride is over, you are within your rights to protest.
Sustainable development has been raised
2 Aug 2019 Grand Niamey Project
On the 5th of July 2019 in Niamey, presidents of the country’s city councils and the presidents of the organizing committees of the rotating festivals from all regions discussed the theme: “African cities and sustainable development, the case of Niger: urban rebirth”. The aim of the forum was for participants to consider major achievements and reforms in the domain of urban planning, in particular with regard to the provision of effective services and infrastructure on the scale of the population’s needs.
Government financial problem
Many African countries have financial issues.
8 Jan 2020 Today News Africa
IMF approves payment of $19.5 million to Niger, part of $163.6 million loans secured in 2017 and 2018 under extended credit facility.
Niger’s three-year loan was approved to support the West African nation’s plan for economic development.
IMF said the funds aim to enhance macroeconomic stability and foster high and equitable growth, boost income and create jobs, while strengthening the foundations for sustainable development.
In 2018, GDP per capita is $414. Although Niger’s economy is based largely on subsistence crops, livestock, and uranium deposits, as an economic hub, it has a high demand for public transportation in order to meet the 1.3 million people’s needs. There are many theories as to why African countries are so poor, some of which are compelling like Niger.
Instead of a loan, why not apply a sustainable offline automatic fare collection (AFC) which can bring a good cash flow from other countries’ experienced.
It’s a good chance to deploy an AFC on their bush taxi to avoid the over-charge, driver’s fraud, failing of coin change. It basically collects cash from the general public and uses the money to invest in transportation infrastructure or improving the quality of the buses as minimal. It is independent of the transportation company, you can have a positive cashflow of investment over USD $1,3million and earn about USD$1,3million every year for a population of 1,3million passengers.
The writer is a frequency traveler. To learn more, please visit mobileafc.net.