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.