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Congo - Project to Develop the Lovua-Tshikapa Section of the Batshamba-Tshikapa Road - Project Appraisal Report
The National Road 1 (NR1) (Banana-Matadi–Kinshasa-Lubumbashi-Kasumbalesa-Sakania Road) (3,130 km) is the main backbone of the road transport system in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). It links Matadi to the West, but also Lubumbashi in Katanga Province to the East of DRC across various towns. The NR1 passes through Kinshasa, Kenge and Kikwit in Bandundu Province, Tshikapa and Kananga in West Kasaï Province and Mbuji-Mayi in East Kasaï Province. Through this road, it is possible from Mbuji-Mayi to get to Mwene Ditu (major railway station) and connect to NR2 leading to Bukavu (South-Kivu) and Goma (North-Kivu). Rehabilitation works on NR1 are in line with Government’s strategy aimed at the gradual development and paving of the above structuring sections.