Multinational - ECOWAS Interconnecting Railways Study

Project Summary

Approval Date 18 Sep 2002
Signature Date 12 Dec 2002
Planned Completion Date 30 Sep 2008
Last Disbursement Planned Date 31 Dec 2009
Sovereign / Non-Sovereign Sovereign
Sector Transport
DAC Sector Code 21012
Environmental Category 3
Commitment U.A 2,161,350.84
Status Completion

Project General Description

This Study is based on the ECOWAS Railways Master Plan and the existing need for cheaper intra-ECOWAS transport mode for both freight and passenger movement. The study would help ECOWAS and its member countries in formulating their short, medium and long term investment plans and in making sound investment decisions in railway sub-sector. It will contribute not only to support investment decisions in railway infrastructure aimed among other objectives, at opening up the landlocked countries namely Mali, Niger and Burkina Faso, but will also play a catalytic role in attracting investments in areas such as mining and industries which have a multiplier effect in employment generation. The study is articulated around: (i) Economic, Financial and Technical Feasibility Study of rail links and routes options based on past studies and secondary sources of information; (ii) a Regional Environmental and Social Impact Assessment associated with these links/routes including their Impact on Poverty Reduction and Gender Issues; (iii) Exam the existing institutional and operational framework and propose the best practices for the unified ECOWAS railways system; (iv) rehabilitation plan for the existing railway lines that would become part of the ECOWAS international railway routes as a result of the interconnection of the railways of the member countries. The total cost net of taxes and duties of the study has been estimated at about UA 2.636 million.

Project Objectives

The objective of the study is to prioritize the 17 (seventeen) railway interconnection links identified in the ECOWAS Railway Master Plan and indicate which would be potential candidates for private sector operators involvement or for public-private partnership based on their : (i) economic and financial viability; (ii) technical feasibility; (iii) environmental and social impacts including poverty reduction and (iv) gender issues.

Participating Organization

African Development Fund
Economic Commission of West African States - ECOWAS


IATI identifier 46002-P-Z1-D00-012
Last Update 05 Dec 2022


Contact Details

Name EHOUMAN Lydie

Geographic Location

Country Multinational
Coordinates Location Name
9.5 2.25 Benin
12.5 -1.66667 Burkina Faso
8.0 -5.5 Ivory Coast
13.5 -15.5 Gambia
10.83333 -10.66667 Guinea
12 -15 Guinea-Bissau
8.1 -1.2 Ghana
6.5 -9.5 Liberia
18.0 -2.0 Mali
18 9 Niger