Letter from Africa: Red tape and visas | African News | Scoop.it

In our series of letters from African journalists, BBC Africa's Komla Dumor takes issue with the frustrations of the continent's bureaucracy.

 

 

A few years ago I had an interesting conversation with an Ethiopian businessman as I was sitting at a bar in a hotel in Addis Ababa.

 

 

He had come over and introduced himself, telling me that he was an exporter of meat products and business was going well.

 

 

I asked him where his major markets were; he responded: "Mainly the UAE and Gulf region."

 

What about other African countries I enquired.

 

He gave me a quizzical look as if I was asking him a silly question.

He then explained why it was cheaper to send his products to the Gulf than across the border to another African country.