On January 25, 2016 in Bamako, the African Development Bank (AfDB) and the Government of Mali reached an agreement on a CFAF 60-billion funding package, composed of a CFAF 40-billion loan and a CFAF 20-billion grant. The funding support a multi-national road infrastructure and transport links improvement project along the Bamako-Zantiebougou-Kolondieba-Boundiali-San Pedro corridor shared by Mali and Côte d’Ivoire.
The agreement was signed by Hélène N'garnim-Ganga, AfDB Resident Representative in Mali, and Mali's new Minister of the Economy and Finance, Boubou Cissé. The event was also attended by Mamadou Hachim Koumaré, Mali's Minister of Infrastructure, Transport and Integration.
This high-impact project will be financed with concessional resources from the African Development Fund (ADF) and the Transition Support Facility (TSF). It involves the construction of 140 kilometres of improved asphalt roads, creation of a high-quality transport corridor between Bamako in Mali and the port of San Pedro in Côte d’Ivoire. The project is expected to open up Mali and to and facilitate the transportations of persons and goods. The road passes through one of the country's major farming regions. The works include the installation of solar-powered lighting systems in a number of locations, the construction of multi-purpose centres for women's associations, and the provision of farm produce processing kits.
Other components of the project include the provision of drinking water wells, the development of 100 kilometres of rural footpaths, the renovation of health centres and the provision of medical equipment and supply of ambulances and three-wheeled vehicles to transport patients. It also includes the development of local markets with childcare facilities and the construction of bus stations.
The project also includes the construction of urban roads in Kolondieba and a checkpoint, as well as a cattle market on the border between Mali and Côte d’Ivoire. It is the largest project of its type to be implemented in Mali.