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August 21, 2017

Signing of Grant Agreement with Burkina Faso: Improving a bypass road to make trade more efficient and to promote regional economic integration

photosigning ceremony

On August 18, the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) signed a grant agreement with the Government of Burkina Faso in Ouagadougou to provide grant aid of up to 5.801 billion yen for the Project for Improvement of the southeastern Tansoba bypass in Ouagadougou.

The project will carry out general repairs to a southeast section of a bypass road (seven kilometers of boulevard des Tansoba) in Ouagadougou, the capital city of Burkina Faso, and build new motorcycle lanes and carry out other improvments to better the urban transportation and logistics network and contribute to more efficient intra-regional trade and the promotion of regional economic integration.

As a landlocked country, Burkina Faso depends on road transportation for more than 80 percent of goods transportation, and Ouagadougou plays a vital function as a key junction of the international corridor connecting the nearby countries along the Gulf of Guinea and countries in the hinterland. The Government of Burkina Faso has therefore made improvements to transportation conditions in large cities through measures such as bypass improvements in the capital region a priority.

Because the target interval of the project is located near the starting point of a corridor connecting the Port of Lomé in Togo and Niger, and of the corridor connecting the Port of Tema in Ghana, it is the most concentrated transportation area along the bypass ring road of Ouagadougou. Despite its importance, however, the bypass road has not been fully renovated since its completion in 1990. Therefore, there is severe damage to the surface layer and the road shoulders, and the roadway is flooded when it rains due to inadequate water drainage gutters, hindering efficient transportation. In addition, due to the extremely high proportion of two-wheeled vehicles in the mix of vehicles from large trucks to scooters using the bypass road, dedicated lanes for two-wheeled vehicles are needed if the function of the road as a bypass is to be enhanced.

The project is expected to raise the daily volume of transportation (excluding two-wheeled vehicles) averaged over the year from 14,000 to 37,000 and increase the daily freight volume passing on the road averaged over the year from 4,500 to 6,900 tons. The average number of travelers per day is also predicted to more than double to approximately 92,000 people.

In addition to this project, JICA is carrying out the Project on the Corridor Development for West Africa Growth Ring Master Plan with the four countries of Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana and Togo as the target countries. By promoting intra-regional industrial growth, supporting a stronger customs confederation and providing infrastructure for enhanced connectivity, JICA is inclusively supporting sustainable development in the region.

[Basic project information]
Country Burkina Faso
Project title Project for Improvement of the southeastern Tansoba bypass in Ouagadougou
Planned implementation period 46 months, including detailed design work and the bidding period
Executing agency General Directorate of Standardization, Engineering Studies and Control, Ministry of Infrastructure
Target region, facilities Southeastern Ouagadougou, Tansoba Bypass
Specific project details (provisional) (1) Facility improvements
Road width improvement (two lanes each way) and new motorcycle lanes (one each way) for 7.0 kilometers, road drainage gutters, others
(2) Consulting services
Detailed design work, bidding assistance, construction supervision

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