Signing of Grant Agreement with the Republic of Djibouti: Contributing to the strengthening of urban transport functions in Djibouti City and facilitating logistics in the region through the construction of a bridge on the Palmeraie Road

[Goal 9] Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure
[Goal 11] Sustainable Cities and Communities


On January 22, the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) signed a grant agreement with the Government of the Republic of Djibouti in Djibouti City to provide grant aid of up to 5,944 million yen for The Project for the Construction of a Bridge on the Palmeraie Road.

Djibouti City is divided by the Ambouli River, which flows from north to south, into the residential area on the west bank, where around 70% of the country’s people live (Balbala Quarter, with a population of approximately 400,000) and the east bank center (Djibouti Centre Ville, with a population of approximately 170,000) where public facilities such as schools and hospitals are located. There are only two main roads linking the east and west of Djibouti City—the Palmeraie Road and the Italian Bridge. The Italian Bridge is closed to heavy vehicles such as large trucks due to damage, making the Palmeraie Road their only option.

Signing ceremony

Signing ceremony

As the Ambouli River is a dry river for much of the year, the crossing section on the Palmeraie Road has no bridge, and water flows over the road when the river rises. In recent years, the river has been rising about one to three times annually, due to the effects of climate change such as cyclones and heavy rainfall, flooding the road for one to five days each time. During such periods, crossing the river becomes impossible, significantly affecting Djibouti’s economy—which is heavily dependent on the logistics industry—and the daily lives of its people.

To resolve these issues, this project will construct a new bridge on the Palmeraie Road and improve the road itself, with the aim of expanding its traffic capacity and ensuring a stable means of transportation in the event of flooding. In doing so, it will contribute to the strengthening of urban transport functions and the facilitating of logistics in the Horn of Africa (NOTE), as well as to the achievement of SDGs Goals 9 (Industry, innovation and infrastructure) and 11 (Sustainable cities and communities).

Details for the project are provided below.

Basic project information

Country Republic of Djibouti
Project title The Project for the Construction of a Bridge on the Palmeraie Road
Maximum grant amount 5,944 million yen
Planned implementation period 57 months, including detailed design work and the bidding period
Djibouti Road Agency
Target region Djibouti City
Specific project details
1. Facility improvements/equipment procurement
Construction of a bridge (bridge length 113.5 m, width 26.8 m, 6 car lanes), river improvements (river channel excavation, revetment works [maintenance of right and left embankments]), road widening (455 m from east intersection to end of bridge attachment road [including a 113.5 m bridge section], 6 car lanes), intersection improvements (additional lanes, changes to traffic regulations)

2. Consulting services
Detailed design work, bidding assistance, construction/procurement supervision

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