Covid-19 has caused road transport to lose USD 200 million

Par thierno - 23 September, 2020 - 11:19

Côte d'Ivoire recorded a loss of US$200 million in the road transport sector due to Covid-19. Passenger transport was the most affected. Suspended at the end of March, interurban transport between the country's major cities resumed in mid-July.

In Côte d'Ivoire, road transport has been hard hit by the economic repercussions of the Covid-19 pandemic. In a communication made on Friday, September 18, the Ministry of Transport revealed that the sector recorded a loss of 111 billion FCFA (200 million USD).

"Diligentée since June 2020, this study has focused on operating losses, turnover, fixed costs and compulsory salaries to be financed," explains the ministry.

It is the transport of persons which was the most affected with a loss estimated at 84.5 billion FCFA, of which 38.5 billion FCFA for urban transport and 46 billion FCFA for interurban transport. As for the transport of goods, it has accumulated a loss of 26.4 billion FCFA.

For Ahmed Diomandé, the minister's chief of staff, these results are key indicators to better plan the continuation of the response to the pandemic and facilitate the search for funding for a better recovery of the sector.

On 29 March, the government decided to isolate the Ivorian economic capital, which remains the epicentre of Covid-19 in Cote d'Ivoire, from the country's other cities. From that date until 15 July 2020, when this measure was lifted, interurban transport companies remained closed, representing more than three months of inactivity.

Romuald Ngueyap