Sénégal - Programme to Open up Agricultural and Mining Areas – Phase 1 (PDZAM-1)

Project Summary

Approval Date 17 Dec 2021
Signature Date 24 Feb 2022
Planned Completion Date 31 Dec 2026
Sovereign / Non-Sovereign Sovereign
Sector Transport
DAC Sector Code 21023
Environmental Category 1
Commitment U.A 90,383,758.28
Status Implementation

Project General Description

The proposed intervention is an AfDB loan of EUR 117.62 million and an Africa Growing Together Fund (AGTF) loan of EUR 44.00 million to the Republic of Senegal to contribute to the financing of phase I of the Programme to Open Up Agricultural and Mining Areas (PDZAM). The programme, which involves 786.20 kilometres of roads of roads to be developed and/or rehabilitated, will be financed in several phases. Phase 1 will concern 482.94 kilometres of roads covering the Kidira-Bakel section (65 kilometres), the Boucle du Riz section (172.44 kilometres), the Louga-Keur Momar Sarr-Richard Toll section (116.27 kilometres), the Orofondé-Matam section in Dandé Mayo Nord (104.23 kilometres), and a 25-kilometre stretch of National Highway No. 2 – RN2 (Thiès-Kébémer). The implementation of this programme will contribute to developing and unlocking the economic potential of Senegal’s northern regions by reducing transport costs. This first phase will be implemented over a period of 4 years.

Project Objectives

The programme’s strategic objective is to contribute to: (i) increasing rice production and achieving self-sufficiency in cereals; and (ii) increasing mining production, particularly for phosphates. More specifically, the programme will help to: (i) improve service quality on the Bakel-Kidira, Louga-Keur Momar Sarr-Richard Toll, Boucle du Riz, and Dandé Mayo roads and on RN2 between Thiès and Kébémer, while building the resilience of these facilities to the vagaries of climate; (ii) facilitate linkage between the mining production areas of Matam and the Dakar-Bamako railway line which will be rehabilitated; and (iii) improve road access and the living conditions of the population in the direct programme impact area (DPIA).


The roads targeted under the programme are located in the regions of Thiès, Tambacounda, Saint-Louis, Louga and Matam, especially in the counties of Thiès, Tivaouane, Louga, Saint-Louis, Dagana, Matam, Bakel, Kebemer and Kanel which make up the direct programme impact area (DPIA). However, some road sections are part of the Nouakchott-Dakar Trans-African road corridor and/or serve as national roads. The extended programme impact area (EPIA) covers the regions listed above as well as the region of Dakar in Senegal and Mauritania. The DPIA covers a surface area of 28,812 square kilometres, that is 14.64% of the country’s surface area and, in 2019, had an estimated population of 2,902,632 inhabitants, representing about 17.91% of the country’s population. Women represent 50.17% of the population in the DPIA. The proportion of the population living in rural areas is 57.74%.

Participating Organization

African Development Bank


IATI identifier 46002-P-SN-DB0-028
Last Update 06 Dec 2022


Contact Details

Name DIARRA Abdoulaye
Email a.diarra@afdb.org

Geographic Location

Country Senegal
Coordinates Location Name
15.4475 -15.4719 Louga
14.7853 -17.3106 Keur Massar
16.4625 -15.70083 Richard-Toll
15.65587 -13.25544 Matam
13.77073 -13.66734 Tambacounda
16.3333 -15 Saint-Louis
14.8728 -16.852 Région de Thiès