West Africa optimistic about funding for road project linking cities

Yamoussoukro, Cote d'Ivoire (PANA) - West Africa is optimistic about the prospect of securing requisite funding for its latest project to link some of its “vibrant and populated “cities through a 1,028-kilometre highway project, Cote d’Ivoire’s Minister of Economic Infrastructure Patrick Achi has said.

He said donors have shown tremendous interest to fund the project, dubbed the Abidjan-Lagos highway corridor, which will link some major cities of Benin, Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana, Nigeria and Togo, the five countries involved in the project.

Opening a meeting of legal and infrastructure experts of the five countries over the weekend in Yamoussoukro, the Ivorian capital, the Minister stressed the importance of the project to the region as aptly demonstrated by the determination of the leaders of the countries for its expedited realisation.

He urged the experts, who are considering some of the basic documents of the project during the meeting, to reflect this urgency by coming up with documents that will contribute to the effective discharge of the mandate by the leaders of the affected countries.

“I trust that you have the requisite expertise and zeal to make proposals that will further the process for the realisation of the project,” the minister said.

ECOWAS Commissioner for Infrastructure Ebrima Njie had earlier described the meeting as “another opportunity for the hardworking family of experts and partners to advance the process in discharging the mandate of our leaders”.

“It is yet another opportunity for this hardworking family of experts and partners to advance the realisation of the vision of our Presidents and Heads of State to transform the Abidjan-Lagos corridor into a modern, homogenous six lane highway that connects our vibrant cities and populations,” the commissioner said.
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09 december 2013 09:27:46

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