Senegal has been granted renewed confidence by the African Development Bank (AfDB). For the period 2021-2025, the pan-African development institution will support the country in strengthening its transport infrastructure and regional integration.
On Monday, April 19, the AfDB released its Country Strategy Paper (CSP 2021-2025) for Senegal. According to the five-year plan, the financial institution plans to rehabilitate 500 kilometers of paved roads and build 100 kilometers of paved roads, as well as related social and economic developments.
"The Bank's interventions will improve access and quality of transport services: for paved roads, from 82% in "good/medium" index in 2019 to 85% in 2025, and for unpaved roads, in "good/medium" from 55% to 60% over the period," says the ADB.
Very involved in supporting transport infrastructure, the Bank is already helping to finance the construction of the Rosso bridge (between Senegal and Mauritania) - which should reduce the time needed to cross the river to two minutes - and the Farim-Tanaff road (Senegal-Guinea Bissau), which will improve the logistics performance index from 2.32 in 2019 to 2.60 in 2025.
"These various works will contribute to the strengthening of regional integration infrastructure in order to boost trade with key partners.
Above all, they will ensure a better connection between Senegal and its neighbors, notably Gambia, Mauritania and Mali, as well as the development of transport activities along the Tangier-Lagos and Algiers-Dakar trans-African corridors on the one hand, and between Europe and sub-Saharan Africa on the other," the Bank said.
Ultimately, Senegal should be better prepared for the implementation of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) in order to fully exploit its intraregional trade potential.