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DRC - The Congo river road-rail connecting bridge construction project - Environmental and Social Impact Assessment (ESIA) - Summary


The absence of a permanent crossing between the two banks of the Congo River constitutes a major handicap to the implementation of economic development, regional and continental integration policies. Thus, the Kinshasa-Brazzaville road-rail bridge (RRB) construction project aims to speed up trade between the Democratic Republic of the Congo and the Republic of Congo and to: (i) ensure continuity and free flow of traffic along the Tripoli-Windhoek corridor and its road networks, adopted as part of NEPAD's Short-Term Action Plan, whose backbone will connect the capital cities of N'Djamena, Yaoundé, Libreville, Brazzaville and Kinshasa; (ii) reduce travel time and transport costs; and (iv) improve access to basic services for residents of the project impact area.

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