Multinational - Mali - Côte d’Ivoire: Road Development and Transport Facilitation Project on the Bamako-Zantiebougou-San Pedro Corridor

Project Summary

Approval Date 26 Nov 2015
Signature Date 25 Jan 2016
Planned Completion Date 30 Jun 2023
Sovereign / Non-Sovereign Sovereign
Sector Transport
DAC Sector Code 21023
Environmental Category 1
Commitment U.A 70,770,000
Status Implementation

Project General Description

The proposed project focuses on the upgrading of road sections on the Bamako-San Pedro corridor between Mali and Côte d'Ivoire, which is an alternative road opening up the neighboring hinterland or landlocked countries. It will connect the 2 countries via the Port of San Pedro which will become a real transit port not only for Mali and Burkina Faso, but also for the northern part of neighboring Guinea. These roads are included in the priority programs of WAEMU and ECOWAS. The project is also part of the development plan for the Port of San Pedro which seeks to position itself as a competitive transit port connecting the West-Central, South-West and North-West parts of Côte d’Ivoire to its hinterland and the neighboring landlocked countries of Mali and Burkina. Bank’s intervention as part of this project will provide a response to the critical needs of opening up the production areas of the two countries and thus contributing to improving competitiveness, diversifying their economies as well as reducing poverty in the PIA. It will further participate in the emergence of the Port of San Pedro (PASP) as a reference transit port for the benefit of neighboring landlocked countries of Mali and Burkina. The project impact area covers the regions of Worodougou and Bagoué in Côte d’Ivoire and Sikasso in Mali which have high level of poverty. However, these regions remain a largely untapped agricultural land mainly due to the poor state of transport infrastructure. The project roads connect the coastal area to the Sahel region which is recognized to be fragile due to many factors (isolation/landlocked, climate hazards, rising fundamentalism, etc.). Within this context, the project will contribute to building peace dividend and to optimize the long-term development potential of the area. The project will be implemented over five years from March 2016 to December 2020 at a total cost (before taxes and customs duties) estimated at UA 166.93 million.

Project Objectives

The sector-based objective of the project is to contribute to improving traffic flow and reducing the transport time and cost on the Bamako-San Pedro Corridor. The specific objective of the project is to improve (i) the service level of the transport supply chain on the Bamako-San Pedro road through Zantiébougou in Mali and Boundiali in Côte d’Ivoire, and (ii) the living conditions in the project area.


The project will benefit directly or indirectly all users of the corridor and mainly those in agricultural production activities and import of inputs and common consumer goods. The main beneficiaries of the project are the producers and farmers, especially women, who are experiencing challenges, related to input supply and marketing of their products due to the poor conditions of roads. Other project beneficiaries are the industrialists, transporters and shippers whose operating costs and logistics costs will be substantially reduced with the development of the road and the opening of rural tracks. The project should enable the increase of agricultural production, facilitating the transport of goods and contributing to the establishment of agribusiness in the PIA. The direct PIA has a population about one million inhabitants, the extended area averages five million inhabitants, evenly distributed on both sides of the border.

Participating Organization

African Development Fund
Fragile States Facility
Direction Nationale des Routes


IATI identifier 46002-P-Z1-DB0-168
Last Update 24 Sep 2022


Contact Details

Name YAGUE Tyoro

Geographic Location

Country Multinational
Coordinates Location Name
4.74851 -6.6363 San Pédro
11.38375 -7.25462 Zantiébougou
12.65 -8 Bamako