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Gabon: Road Network Development Programme - Phase I (PR1) - PCR
(i) The Bank’s strategy is consistent with the policy pursued by the Government in its 2006-2008 Growth and Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper ( GPRSP) adopted in April 2006, and the second pillar of which is the improvement of transport infrastructure,including regional integration highways within CEMAC. RP1 implementation is an essential phase in the progressive establishment of a backbone road network that Gabon plans to create under the Road Network Development Programme (PARR). With a road network of 9,170 km, only 870 km of which are paved,the Government developed a transport policy aimed at linking Gabon’s nine provinces,over the 2002-2012 period, through a road network of 1,677 km and by raising the proportion of the paved network from 11% in 2006 to 30% in 2012. The absence of a transport network is one of the main bottlenecks to the country’s development.