22 March 2011

Senegal Seeks Donor Funding for Regional Road-Building Plan

Bloomberg-Senegal is requesting donor support for a 1.6 trillion-CFA-franc ($3.5 billion), five-year plan to improve the West African nation’s road network, said Karim Wade, minister for infrastructure, international cooperation, air transport and energy.
The plan includes highways bound for Mauritania, Mali and Burkina Faso along with bridges crossing the Gambia and Casamance rivers, Wade told reporters in Dakar today.
“Our objective is to transform Senegal into a competitive industrial and commercial hub in sub-Saharan Africa with perfect connectivity,” Wade said.
Senegal should spend as much as 4.5 percent of its gross domestic product on road construction, compared with the current 2 percent, said Moctar Thiam, transport sector leader with the World Bank.

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