Democratic Republic of Congo - Priority Air Safety Project Phase II (PPSA II)

Project Summary

Approval Date 18 Oct 2018
Signature Date 18 Dec 2018
Planned Completion Date 31 Dec 2024
Sovereign / Non-Sovereign Sovereign
Sector Transport
DAC Sector Code 21050
Environmental Category 2
Commitment U.A 80,000,000
Status Implementation

Project General Description

The Priority Air Safety Project (PPSA) in Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is consistent with the Integrated National Transport Master Plan (PDNIT) financed by the Bank in 2016, which identifies the aviation sector as crucial to implementation of the national passenger transport policy and the country’s economic influence. The project’s phase I (PPSA I), launched in November 2010, yielded satisfactory results in terms of an infrastructure upgrade in the three main airports of Ndjili, Lubumbashi and Kisangani; provision of navigation aids for the DRC airspace ; and human capacity building. The proposed Phase II (PPSA II), which builds on PPSA I, was designed based on detailed studies on the three project sites as well as a safety assessment conducted by the Civil Aviation Authority at the Mbuji-Mayi site. These initiatives spotlighted the operational constraints caused by obsolete infrastructure that has adverse effects on air safety, passenger and freight traffic trends and the quality of services provided to customers. PPSA II, thus, improves and strengthens not only the infrastructure but also the DRC's level of compliance with International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) safety and air navigation requirements. The planned activities are : (i) rehabilitation of airport infrastructure in Kindu, Kisangani and Mbuji-Mayi; (ii) procurement of air navigation equipment ; (iii) capacity building for the technical staff of the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) and the Airways Authority (RVA) ; and (iv) strategic studies on air transport in the DRC. The project will be implemented from February 2019 to December 2022 for a total estimated cost of USD 120.56 million, net of taxes and customs duties (NTCD).

Project Objectives

The sector objective of the project is to contribute to the sustainable improvement of air transport by making it safe, secure, reliable and affordable with a view to consolidating its role in facilitating domestic and international travel in the DRC. Specifically, it seeks to : (i) rehabilitate airport infrastructure and air navigation equipment; (ii) build the capacity of CAA and RVA technical staff; and (iii) conducts trategic studies on air transport in the DRC.


The direct project areas (DPA) are the cities of Kindu (454,000 inhabitants), Mbuji-Mayi (3.3 million inhabitants) and Kisangani (1.6 million inhabitants). The main direct beneficiaries of the project are : (i) the Airways Authority (RVA) which will benefit from modern infrastructure and increased revenue accruing from traffic growth; (ii) RVA and AAC staff who will be trained ; (ii) airlines which will enjoy better operating conditions (airport infrastructure and modern, safe CNS/ATM equipment); (iii) national companies which will benefit from the spinoffs like orders and contracts during the implementation phase; (iv) the DRC that will enjoy a better international image in air transport with a positive impact on investors, tourism etc. ;(v) project communities which will benefit from job creation during the infrastructure rehabilitation and building construction works ; and (vi) the national population which will enjoy increased internal mobility in safe environment thanks to expanded access to major localities which cannot be safely accessed through the other modes of transport.

Participating Organization

African Development Fund
Fragile States Facility


IATI identifier 46002-P-CD-DA0-003
Last Update 02 Oct 2022


Contact Details

Name MAKWELA Johnny Gingama

Geographic Location

Country Congo, the Democratic Republic of the
Coordinates Location Name
-2.95 25.93333 Kindu
0.51528 25.19099 Kisangani
-6.13603 23.58979 Mbuji-Mayi