Senegal : Transportation



Senegal Transportation Profil 2012

To boost infrastructure, significant efforts have been made to ease traffic in Dakar in the framework of the National Agency for the Organisation of the Islamic Conference (ANOCI) in 2008. For an in general cost of XOF 174 billion, this work was half financed by the Kuwait Fund for Arab Economic Development and half by the national. Besides the ANOCI work, another highlight is the Dakar-Diamniadio motorway, which is at its second section (Pikine-Diamniadio), and DP World’s massive investment in the capital’s port (XOF 300 billion over 25 years).

Senegal’s commitment to developing infrastructure was rewarded by the signature on September 22, 2009 of an agreement for a XOF 270 billion grant in the framework of the Millennium Challenge Account (MCA). This aid will make it possible to accelerate the poverty reduction programme and to promote sustainable economic increase. In order to develop trade with neighbouring nations, MCA funds will be used as a priority to refurbish the Richard-Toll-Thillogne-Bakel section of National Route 2, which is 456 kilometres long, while the EU will finance the Saint-Louis-Richard-Toll section. In amount, considerable evolution has been made in infrastructure since 2000 with an in general financing volume of XOF 307 billion. MCA financing will half rebalance discrepancies observed in past years between the capital, Dakar, and the rest of the country, which should facilitate mobility between regions and the transportation of goods and products.

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Economic integration trends, both at the regional and global level, have placed a renewed degree of importance on Senegal’s geographic location. As the economies of the West African Economic and Monetary Union (Union Économique et Monétaire Ouest Africaine, UEMOA) zone seek greater commercial integration, the region’s transportation interconnectivity has emerged as a critical component for sustainable growth.

During the past five years, Dakar’s transport infrastructure has experienced significant levels of foreign investment and financing to support its growing regional profile.

The ongoing improvement of the city’s port facilities under the leadership of Dubai Ports World (DPW) and the construction of a new international airport, which will be run by the German operator Fraport, are some of the most visible signs of this recent activity. Upgrades to public transport and the road network are also under way, with the goal of expanding access to Dakar, which is home to some 75% of Senegal’s commercial activity.

One major project for the country is a new road segment between Dakar and Coakry, the capital of Guinea, which has received an investment of $93.2m. Despite the recession, investors are keen to develop the sector and increase integration with Senegal’s neighbours, which means that demand will remain high for expanded infrastructure.