Burkina Faso: US$ 61 Million for Road Rehabilitation

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Tunis, 11 February 2009 - The Board of Directors of the African Development Bank (AfDB) Group has approved a combined loan and grant of 41 million Units of Account (UA*) equivalent to US$ 61 million, to finance the rehabilitation of key roads in landlocked Burkina Faso.

The funding, which comprises a UA 10-million loan and a UA 31-million grant from the African Development Fund, the concessionary loan window of the Bank Group, will help in the rehabilitation of the Koupela–Bittou–Cinkanse–Togo Border road and the Mogande Access Road.

The project aims at improving the efficiency of the transport supply chain, the living condition of people in the area as well as help in opening up the central-eastern parts of the country.  It will also improve transport sector efficiency and movement of goods and services.

The projects is in line with the Bank Group’s operations strategy for Burkina Faso (2005-2009 RBCSP), which focuses on the diversification of the economy and the improvement of the living conditions of the population, especially its vulnerable segments as well as contribute toward the attainment of the objectives of the country’s current Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper (PRSP).

The project is consistent with the Priority Community Action Programme for Infrastructure and Transport (PACIT) of the West African Economic and Monetary Union (WAEMU). It is the principal road corridor for the country’s imports among the five access corridors to the maritime ports of the country’s coastal neighbours (four land routes, and one rail route). It is classified among the strategic international highways and, in 2006, 95% of the country’s imports were shipped through this corridor. The rehabilitation of the Koupela–Togo border road will complement the Ouagadougou–Koupela section, which was built with European Union financing.

The project is located in the Centre-East Administrative Region, in particular, the Kouritenga, Boulgou and Koulpélogo provinces covering 14,852 km2 and hosting 8.2% of the total population or 1.2 million inhabitants of which 52% are women.  Some 84% of the 190,000 households are located in rural areas.

The total project cost is estimated at UA 78.34 million (CFAF 53.26 billion). The ADF loan and grant represent 79.14% of the total project cost. The German Development Bank (KfW) and the government will provide the remaining amount.


*1UA = US$ 1, 49192 = FCFA 763.606 as at 1/02/2009

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