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July 13, 2015

Signing of Grant Agreement with the Republic of Côte d’Ivoire
Boost traffic capacity and strengthening the friendship between Japan and Côte d’Ivoire

On July 10, the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) signed a grant agreement (G/A) with the Government of the Republic of Côte d’Ivoire to provide grant aid of up to 5.038 billion yen for the Project for the Improvement of the Japan-Ivorian Friendship Intersection.

During the political crises in Côte d’Ivoire that started in the late 1990s, new investment and maintenance of the road infrastructure were inadequate, and even today, much of the road network remains unpaved, including approximately 47 percent in Abidjan, the country’s largest city.

Since the end of the post-election conflict in 2011, the economy of Côte d’Ivoire has recorded a growth rate between 8 and 9 percent per year, a rapid rate of growth, and the number of automobiles being registered in Abidjan is increasing at a rate of 8 to 10 percent per year. As a result, traffic congestion is severe on trunk roads in Abidjan, particularly during the morning.
In the Abidjan city center is an intersection that handles 125,000 vehicles a day, connecting the city core with the Port of Abidjan as well as being the start point of two international corridors, one running east-west and the other north-south. However, the intersection is a traffic signal roundabout, which results in a maximum traffic speed of 10 kilometers per hour during peak periods, and the intersection congestion is a major hindrance, impeding the smooth movement of people and goods. To improve the situation, this project will create grade separation to boost the traffic capacity. The junction will be renamed the Japan-Ivorian Friendship Intersection.

According to the project plan, the time needed to pass through the intersection will be shortened by as much as 40 percent. In addition to alleviating urban traffic congestion, it is expected that the transportation of goods on the east-west and north-south international corridors will become smoother through these improvements.

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photoAn artist's rendering of the completed grade separation

photoAn artist's rendering of the completed grade separation

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