Signing of Grant Agreement with Togo: Constructing a bypass to ensure smooth traffic along the Togo Corridor

[Goal 3] Good Health and Well-Being
[Goal 9] Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure
[Goal 13] Climate Action


Correction: November 24, 2023
In an earlier version of this release, there was a mistake with regard to the figure of the maximum amount in the first paragraph as below:

(Incorrect) up to 4.018 billion yen
(Correct) up to 3.939 billion yen

On November 17, the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) signed a grant agreement with the Government of the Republic of Togo in Lomé to provide grant aid of up to 3.939 billion yen for the Projet de Construction de la Voie de Contournement de la Ville de Sokodé.

The Togo Corridor, which reaches from the north to the south of Togo, connects the port city of Lomé, the capital of the country, to Ouagadougou, the capital of the landlocked Burkina Faso, and is a logistical lifeline not only for Burkina Faso but also for neighboring countries such as the Republic of Mali and the Republic of Niger. The corridor consists mainly of National Route 1, which runs through the country, and National Route 17, which branches off to the west from Sokodé, a city in the central part of the country located on National Route 1.

Signing ceremony

In recent years, due to the development of the Togo Corridor, Sokodé has been experiencing increased traffic volume, which in turn has led to a disruption in the distribution of goods (as a result of congestion) as well as to an increase in the number of traffic accidents involving pedestrians and motorcyclists.

To address these issues, a bypass will be constructed as a detour around Sokodé to redirect traffic passing through the city, thereby alleviating congestion and ensuring traffic safety, while at the same time facilitating the distribution of goods via National Route 1 and National Route 17.

This project will contribute to the revitalization of economic activity in Togo and surrounding landlocked countries by improving the efficiency of the Togo Corridor as a whole. It will therefore also contribute to the achievement of SDGs Goals 3 (Good health and well-being), 9 (Industry, innovation and infrastructure), and 13 (Climate action).

For the detailed design of the project, JICA already signed an agreement to provide grant aid of up to 79 million yen in January 2023.

Details for the project are provided below.

Basic project information

Country Republic of Togo
Project title Projet de Construction de la Voie de Contournement de la Ville de
Planned implementation period 58 months, including detailed design work and the bidding period
Ministry of Public Works
Target region Sokodé city in Centrale Region
Specific project
1 Facility improvements/
Bypass road of approx. 12.7 km (one lane in each direction) from the
starting point (the National Route 1 connection) to the National Route 17 connection.
2 Consulting services
Detailed design work, bidding assistance, construction supervision.

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