Africa has been urged to put in place necessary measures to curb corruption in infrastructure projects amid indication that over US$1.5 trillion is being lost through bribery activities worldwide.

With at least 70 percent of the new infrastructure projects expected to be in sub-Saharan Africa, the continent has been challenged to put frameworks to combat the scourge of corruption in infrastructure projects.

Federation of African Engineering Organisation vice president, Engineer Martin Manuhwa told engineers, researchers and scientists who graced the 2017 International Conference on Research, Innovation and Development for Africa that new investment projects should be managed professionally for the benefit of the citizens.

According to the Federation of African Engineering Organisation the continent continues to face shortage of qualified engineers with a deficit of two million engineers.

Tourism and Hospitality Industry Minister Engineer Walter Mzembi told the gathering that with a target of 20 million jobs per year, Africa should inject more funds and harness research towards the creation of jobs.

As part of the recommendations put forward during the gathering, Africa has been reminded to direct more energies towards research and development, harness technology as a key driver of economic growth and to move towards knowledge-based economy.