Moving ahead: Project to improve Ketta-Djoum road and facilitate transport on Yaoundé-Brazzaville corridor


There is currently no passable road link between Yaoundé and Brazzaville. The sections of road between Ketta and Djoum on this route are in very poor condition, isolating the regions crossed. Consequently, it is not releasing the agricultural, mining and tourism potential that these areas have and is acting as a brake on the promotion of trade between the two countries.

To link the Congo to Cameroon, the Bank has committed to building the Ketta-Djoum road, with a length of 504.5 kilometres. This road project has a strategic regional character, because it will be one of the main links in the alternative corridor to the Windhoek-Tripoli corridor linking the Central African Republic with Cameroon and Gabon to the south, providing an interconnection with the road linking Brazzaville to Pointe-Noire in the Congo. 

Key facts and figures


  • Approval: 2009
  • Funding: US $424 million
  • Beneficiaries: 600,000 




  • To contribute to strengthening regional integration by facilitating the movement of goods and persons in Central Africa in general and between Cameroon and the Congo in particular.
  • To improve the living conditions of the population, by facilitating their access to basic social services and reducing level of poverty, through the revitalisation of agricultural, mining and tourism activities.
  • To improve the level of service of the logistics chain on the Yaoundé-Brazzaville road route.



  • Easier access to basic social services for 600,000 beneficiaries in the local populations of both countries.
  • Increased incomes for 600,000 beneficiaries thanks to revitalised food agricultural production:
  • Reduced cost of production inputs and easier distribution of agricultural production.
  • Length of roads that are passable all year round between Cameroon and the Congo extended by 20% (from 60% in 2009 to 80%).
  • Average walking distance to an all-season road reduced by a factor of three (from an average of 6 km in 2009 to 2 km).
  • Average speeds of heavy goods vehicles increased by 50 km/h (from 30 km/h in 2009 to 80 km/h).
  • Average vehicle operating costs decreased by 55% (from 816 CFA francs in 2009 to 367 CFA francs in 2014).
  • Rate of trade between Cameroon and the Congo increased by 11% (from 4% in 2009 to approximately 15%).


Paul Nguia, Village Chief, head of the Pygmy group, 51 years old

"Our activities were restricted to small-scale activities for individual consumption. Now, the road enables us to hunt, fish, grow crops and sell our products."