Multinational - Trans-Gambia Corridor Project (Phase I) - Construction of the Trans-Gambia Bridge and Cross Border Improvement


Project Summary

Approval Date 16 Dec 2011
Signature Date 16 Mar 2012
Planned Completion Date 31 Dec 2021
Sovereign / Non-Sovereign Sovereign
Sector Transport
DAC Sector Code 21023
Environmental Category 1
Commitment U.A 66,730,000
Status Implementation

Project General Description

The Trans-Gambia Road Transport Corridor is an economic and strategic link connecting the northern and southern parts of both The Gambia and Senegal, and by extension ECOWAS countries through the corridor between Dakar and Lagos. It thus highly supports regional integration and is consistent with the Bank's key focus areas of infrastructure and regional integration as mentioned in the Bank's Medium-Term Strategy (MTS 2008-2012) and Pillars 2 and 3 of the Regional Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper (RPRSP) for West Africa. Due to the magnitude, complexity and varying readiness of project components, it is to be implemented in two phases. Phase I, the subject of this support, includes the construction of the Trans-Gambia Bridge and two (2) One Stop Border Posts (OSBPs) while Phase II comprises of rehabilitation of 137 km of Senoba-Ziguinchor road in Senegal and pavement strengthening of 24 km of Farafenni – Senoba road in The Gambia. The total project cost of Phase I, including contributions from the two governments is UA 67.36 million. The project is co-financed by the Bank Group (99.07%), the Government of The Gambia (0.24%) and the Government of Senegal (0.69%). The project will be executed over a period of five years.

Project Objectives

The sector goal of the project is to support economic growth of the countries on the Trans-Gambian Corridor (Kaolack-Trans-Gambian Highway-Ziguinchor), considered part of the Trans-West African Highway (Dakar –Lagos Corridor) and ECOWAS at large by fostering integration through reliable, efficient and seamless transport infrastructure that will increase the competitiveness of the whole region. The objectives of the project are to facilitate overland traffic flow between the northern and southern parts of both The Gambia and Senegal, and by extension among the ECOWAS Member States. The project is expected to improve transit and accessibility of the communities in the project’s zone of influence to markets and other social-economic activities. The expected outcomes include: (i) reduced transport cost, travel time and customs formalities time at the borders; and (ii) enhanced potential for trade thereby contributing to poverty reduction and social-economic empowerment of communities on the corridor and the West African Region as a whole.

Beneficiaries

The bridge will facilitate movement within the ECOWAS zone along the Trans-Gambia corridor. The main beneficiaries are population of the Project Influence Zone (PIZ) along the corridor, which is estimated at 925,206, out of which about 52% are women.

Participating Organization

Funding
African Development Fund
Extending
Government
Implementing
National Roads Authority (NRA) in Gambia

Information

IATI identifier 46002-P-Z1-DB0-046
Last Update 01 Feb 2023

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Contact Details

Name TAMBAH Prince Desea
Email p.tambah@afdb.org

Geographic Location

Country Multinational
Coordinates Location Name
13.51667 -15.56667 Yelitenda