BOAD took part in the inauguration of the Kouoro Barrage bridge in the Republic of Mali

inauguration cikasso mali 1Bamako, 24 November 2017. Mr. Jacques Kouame-Bi, Chief of the Resident Mission of the West African Developement Bank (BOAD) in Mali, took part in the ribbon-cutting ceremony of the Kouoro Barrage bridge in the Republic of Mali. A project supported to the tune of XOF20 billion by BOAD.

Located on the national highway RN11, between Sikasso-Koutiala and its access roads over a stretch of 1.052 km, the project is co-financed with local banks and the Government of Mali. It forms part of the major road infrastructure construction programme (P.A.I.R.S) in the Republic of Mali. In addition, the project involved the construction of the Bamako-Koulikoro road in 2×2 lane carriageways over a distance of 45 km, the construction of the Kayo bridge at Koulikoro, and access roads over a stretch of 24 km. It also involved the interchange construction at Markala junction, along with its access ramps over 4.266 km, and the upgrading and asphalting of 10 km of thoroughfares at Ségou.

Drawing on its strategic directions, the Bank opted to support member countries in implementing national and regional poverty reduction strategies and achieving regional integration in conjunction with the donor community. The construction of the Kouoro Barrage bridge forms part of this approach. This will help improve the road service level through decreased vehicle operating costs on the one hand, reduced travel time over the Koutiala-Sikasso road as well as reducing risks of accidents, on the other.


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