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Multinational - Mano River Union Road Development and Transport Facilitation Programme (MRU/RDTFP) (PHASE II) – 47.1Km Sanniquellie-Loguatuo Road Section – ESIA Summary
After the war that ended in 2003, the Government of Liberia, with the assistance of the donor community, developed in 2008 the first Poverty Reduction Strategy (PRS). The PRS defined the development programme of the Government of Liberia. Since then, a new Poverty Reduction Strategy called The “Agenda for Transformation, Steps toward Liberia RISING 2030”, covering the period 2012-2017 has been developed and is now underway. The activities related to Infrastructure are now part of Pillar II – Economic Transformation, more specifically Sector Goal C: Infrastructure. As part of infrastructure development, the Sanniquellie- Logartuo Road Section is expected to be rehabilitated with financing from the European Union (EU); the African Development Bank (AfDB) and the European Investment Bank (EIB). The Mano River Union Road Development and Transport Facilitation Programme (MRU/RDTFP) is being implemented in Phases and the Sanniquellie to Loguatuo (47.1km) is part of the MRU/RDTFP Phase II. The other AfDB financed interventions in the Liberian road transport sector include: (i) Paving Harper-Karloken Road (50 km), (ii) Paving of Karloken – Fish Town (80 km) and Harper Junction to Cavalla Customs (16 km), including the construction of a Bridge over the Cavalla River. The two (2) road sections under the proposed Programme are spur links of the Trans-West African Highway Corridor. The overall objective of the second Phase of the Programme (as was the case with the ongoing first phase) is to boost the post-conflict economic recovery of the two countries in the MRU region by improving road infrastructure and promoting intracommunity and regional trade. Specifically, the Programme seeks to improve transport conditions on the two road sections in order to reduce transport costs, facilitate the free movement of persons and goods between the two countries and improve the living conditions of programme area communities. The expected outcomes include: (a) reduced transport costs and travel time; (b) enhanced potential for agriculture thereby contributing to poverty reduction among communities on the corridors; (c) improved road safety, and (d) improved regional trade and integration.