ECOWAS gets ADB grant for Railway study

Abuja- Nigeria (PANA) -- The African Development Bank (ADB) has approved a grant of 3.
31 million US dollars to the ECOWAS Secretariat for a feasibility study on the interconnection of railway networks in the West African subregion.
The Secretariat said in a statement in Abuja Friday that it would provide an additional 166,000 dollars as counterpart funding for the project.
The study, which will last 14 months beginning September 2003, is part of the railway master plan approved by the ECOWAS Council of Ministers for the subregion in July 1994.
The statement said the study would recommend proposals on the viability and technical feasibility of the 17 railway links identified in the master plan and determine those to be operated by the private sector alone or jointly by the public and private sectors.
The interconnection programme seeks to open up landlocked countries in the subregion such Mali, Niger and Burkina Faso.

27 september 2002 18:59:00

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