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Côte d’Ivoire - Abidjan Urban Transport Project - Appraisal report

03-Sep-2019

Abidjan, a port city and the sixth largest city on the African continent, has a population estimated at 4.71 million (21% of the country’s total population in 2014) and projected to rise to 8.5 million in 2030. Paradoxically, 60% of the road network inspected in 2003 was in bad repair. Due to the combined effect of population growth, the rapid increase in the number of motor vehicles and the decline of public transport systems, the road network and traffic control system have proved to be inadequate to ensure the flow of the increasing volume of traffic. Almost all intersections face severe traffic congestion and the bad condition of roads hampers traffic, thus causing road accidents, air pollution and a slowdown in economic activities in the city of Abidjan which is considered as the economic lung and the business hub of Côte d'Ivoire as well as of the West African sub-region.This project has,therefore,been designed to improve the living conditions of the city’s inhabitants. It concerns the construction of 87.9 kilometres of urban expressways, a 1 400-metre long bridge and 6 interchanges, the rehabilitation of traffic lights at 89 intersections, air quality assessment, urban waste management as well as the strengthening of existing capacity in traffic control, urban planning, domestic revenue mobilization, road safety, and natural ecosystem protection. The project, which will cost a total of UA 610.94 million, will be jointly financed by the Bank (74%), the Global Environment Facility (GEF) (1%), the Japanese International Cooperation Agency (JICA) (8%) and the State of Côte d’Ivoire (17%). The UA 450 million (EUR 769.78 million) AfDB loan will be approved in two phases: a UA 188.51 million (EUR 237.52 million) loan in 2016 and the rest through a “no objection” opinion in 2017. The project, which will be implemented from March 2017 to December 2021, will help to improve traffic flow, reduce road accidents, strengthen urban management, improve air quality, increase household incomes, reclaim waste, reduce greenhouse gases, and improve the quality of life of the population.

 

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