Addis Ababa - African Development Bank (AfDB) has approved the release of
184.79 million dollars for the proposed 9,000-kilometre Trans-Sahara Highway
The approval is contained in a statement issued by the bank on Monday in
It noted that the bank had approved the release of the amount during its
meeting on December 11, 2013
According to the statement, the project involves the construction and
asphalt of 565 kilometres of road to link the main axis and the Chadian branch of
the Trans-Sahara Highway.
The statement added that part of the amount would be used for the
construction of a 543-metre-long bridge on River Niger at Farié, with three
kilometres of access road.
It would also include the construction of infrastructure to ease transport
and transit at the Algeria and Niger and the Niger and Chad borders.
“The project will facilitate overland trade and regional integration between
the Arab Maghreb Union (AMU), Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS)
and Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS)
“The project's specific objective is to improve the TSH's overall level of
service and the living conditions of inhabitants of the project impact area.’’
The bank statement pointed out that the project was designed to put
infrastructure at the centre of economic, social, political and security stakes
of the continent, with the highway located on the Algiers-Lagos and
Dakar-Djibouti trans-African corridors as identified by the Programme for
Infrastructure Development in Africa (PIDA).
It said the project would be executed in line with the New Partnership for
Africa's Development (NEPAD) objectives of linking major cities of AU member
states by 2020.
``The project is expected to improve TSH service and increase traffic and
trade between North Africa, West Africa and Central Africa, as well as reduce
the cost of transport and logistics.
The project would be completed within 60 months.