Praia-Dakar-Abidjan Multimodal Transport Corridor
|Project Title||Praia-Dakar-Abidjan Multimodal Transport Corridor|
|Member States||Cape Verde, Cote d'ivoire, Gambia, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Liberia, Senegal, Sierra Leone|
|Beneficiary Countries||Burkina Faso, Cape Verde, Cote d'ivoire, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Liberia, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone|
|Regional Economic Community||Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS)|
|Project Institution||ECOWAS Commission / Corridor Authority|
|Source in the REC Master Plan||ECOWAS Regional Infrastructure Development Master Plan|
|Brief Description of the Project||The Heads of State and Government of the Cape Verde, Senegal, the Gambia, Guinea Bissau, Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia and Cote d’Ivoire in June, 2017 signed a Treaty to establish the Dakar-Abidjan Corridor. The Treaty was supported by the adoption of a Supplementary Act A/SA.3/06/17 relating to the establishment of the Dakar-Abidjan Corridor Development Program during the 51st Ordinary Session of the ECOWAS Authority of Heads of State and Government in Monrovia, Liberia. With the signing of the Treaty, the Heads of State and Government agreed to develop the Corridor through the following:|
• To Establish the Dakar-Abidjan Corridor
• Establish the Dakar-Abidjan Corridor Management Authority which shall have a Supra-National Status
• Undertake to construct and manage a 6-lane Dual Carriage Multinational Highway (2x3), which will be further described in the International Project Agreement
• Complementary trade and transport facilitation measures linking Dakar to Abidjan passing through Banjul, Bissau, Conakry, Freetown and Monrovia, with such extensions, expansions and additional transportation modes as the Contracting Parties shall from time to time agree.
In accordance with Article 3 of the Corridor Development Treaty, the objectives of the Corridor are:
a. Facilitate safe and efficient movement of persons and goods, regional and international trade and transport by improving on the road infrastructure and simplifying and harmonizing the requirements and controls that govern the movement of goods and persons with a view to reducing transportation costs and transit times.
b. Stimulate economic and social development in the territories of the contracting parties and the partnership between public and private sectors.
c. Transform the Corridor into a Development Corridor which, in addition to offering safe, fast and competitive transport and transit services that secure regional trade, will also stimulate investment, encourage sustainable development, poverty reduction and guarantee security on the corridor.
d. Implement strategies for accelerating economic and social growth along the corridor while ensuring environmental sustainability.
In order to achieve the above objectives, the ECOWAS Commission mandated to facilitate and coordinate the implementation of this Program, through its Department of Infrastructure is preparing various components of the broad corridor development program. In addition to the Highway, Article 6 (2) & (3) of the Treaty enjoins the Member States to develop an integrated transportation infrastructure in Rail, Maritime and Air Transport as well as make room for future expansions for Optic Fibre Networks, Gas Pipeline and other utilities as may be required. In this regard, the ECOWAS Commission is envisaging a broader intervention known as the PRAIA-DAKAR-ABIDJAN CORRIDOR DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME.
|Objective and Rationale for the Project||The objectives of the Corridor Development Project are achieved through the components as well as the overall significance of the trade corridor route from Praia-Dakar-Abidjan and the need for the feasibility and detailed design, inter alia. In general, it is well comprehended that the proposed Praia-Dakar-Abidjan Corridor Project forms part of the essential regional transit routes linking important sea ports namely Dakar, Banjul, Bissau, Conakry, Freetown, Monrovia and Abidjan along the seven coastal countries. This Trade Route provides an important link through the North-South Corridors connecting landlocked countries (Mali, Burkina Faso and Niger) to these ports.|
The development objective of the project, when implemented, will:
i) Generate social and economic activities, promote cross-border trade and integrate the economies within the ECOWAS Community.
ii) Contribute to reducing the poverty levels of the population that depend on the transport modes of the corridor for livelihood.
iii) Improving the free movement of persons and goods among West African Member States.
iv) reduction of trade and logistics costs between West and Central Africa
v) reduction of corruption and loss of revenue along the corridors
|Existing or Planned Projects along the proposed project||The project serves a planned infrastructure asset of another sector, but there is more than 50% overlap in the geography serviced by the proposed project and the other sector planned asset.|
|Please provide more details for your choice above||Energy Sector:The Corridor also houses the propose Phase II West African Gas Pipe Line from Ghana through Cote d'Ivoire to Senegal with offshoots to Burkina Faso. ECOWAS has completed a study for the extension of the West African Gas Pipeline. The extension project will be conducted over 5 Phases the first phase will be the extension to Côte d’Ivoire and Burkina Faso|
Telecommunication: The ECOWAS Commission is working with Cabo Verde and other corridor Member States to implement a sub-marine cable project linking the Island of Cabo Verde to mainland west Africa. Termed, Amilcar Cabral Submarine Cable project, it aims to connect Cabo Verde to its closest neighbours on the mainland (Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Sierra Leone and Liberia). This cable when built will provide Cabo Verde with access to the ECOWAS Terrestrial Backbone Network and also provide increased internet capacity and redundancy in international connectivity to the concerned countries.
|Technical Specifications of the Project||A. Financial viability Study of the maritime link between Praia and Dakar & Associated Documentations; Based on the feasibility study already carried out i) Conduct a financial and socio-economic analysis ii) Propose a management model for the maritime link: iii) Propose a schedule of implementation and a risk analysis. iv) Prepare a draft bidding documents for project implementation B. i) Feasibility, Environmental & Social Impact Assessment and Detailed Engineering Design Studies. C. A. Identify optimal alignments the highway within each member state of the Dakar-Abidjan Highway Corridor : i) assessment of the corridor to illustrate the current state of the proposed road network considering the immediate and future plans by the member states to rehabilitate or construct sections of the highway on new alignments and ii) determine the optimal alignment using a multicriteria approach in choosing between options of the route within each member state of the Dakar-Abidjan corridor for investment considerations. The multicriteria analysis will include an economic, environmental and social impacts and ballpark cost estimates.|
|Market Size||200 Million population|
|Project Financial (in USD)||Estimated CAPEX: US$21 billion *********** US$70 million (Technical Studies & Project Preparation). IMPLEMENTATION PLANNED IN PHASES|
|Gender Procurement actions||SUPPLEMENTARY ACT A/SA.02/05/15 RELATING TO EQUALITY OF RIGHTS BETWEEN WOMEN AND MEN FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT IN THE ECOWAS REGION|
Article 44 : Access to Infrastructure
Member States shall take measures to ensure the regulation and equal access of women and men to infrastructure, by improving their access to alternative infrastructure (ICT, and air, rail, river and road transport).
Several women are involved in cross border trade along the Dakar-Abidjan Corridor or sections of it. Between Senegal and Gambia, several female traders undertake weekly trips with their goods. Same happens among the other Corridor Countries. Data collected by Observatory of abnormal practices such as the Borderless Alliance has shown that such traders are faced by various degrees of obstacles to movement including bad road infrastructure, informal charges/bribes, border delays and harassment. The following is envisaged to increase the opportunities of Women:
1. Specific criterion in evaluating tenders to reward women participation in key personnel for consultants
2. ESIA Studies as part of the Feasibility & Detailed Design Studies to ensure will identify areas to address gender issues.
3. With the improvement of the Corridor, it is expected to reduce travel time, cost and improve reliability for traders and other users.
|Last Milestone Known||S2A - Pre-Feasibility|
|Position||PPO, Maritime Transport and Corridors|
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|Position||Commissioner for Infrastructure|
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