Rehabilitation/Extension of Railway Network : French Development Agency Expresses Interest

The Minister of Transport, Edgard Alain Mebe Ngo’o on January 23, 2018, held talks with the visiting

The French Development Agency (AFD) has expressed interest to contribute in the rehabilitation and extension projects of the railway network in Cameroon. The agency officials who are sojourning in the country from January 22 to 26, 2018, met with the Minister of Transport, Edgard Alain Mebe Ngo’o on Tuesday in Yaounde to discuss on the situation of the railway network and its prospects.

According to the Head of the AFD team, Lise Breul, a senior official of the Transport Division team of AFD, the audience granted the delegation by the Minister of Transport availed them the opportunity to make a diagnosis of the sector, its importance on the national and sub-regional economy amongst others. Minister Mebe Ngo’o who was assisted by some of his close aides and his guests also exchanged on the different envisaged projects of rehabilitation and extension of the railway line to N’Djamena, Chad. Though Lise Breul said no amount of money has been disclosed yet, she expressed AFD’s firm interest to contribute in these projects. Their mission to Cameroon, she disclosed, is to identify funding needs in the railway and seaport sectors.

It emerged from an earlier audience the Minister of Transport granted the Director of the French Development Agency in Cameroon, Christian Yoka, in December 2017, that the European Investment Bank (BEI) in conjuncture with the African Development Bank are willing to disburse some 80 million euro for the sector, with 6.5 million meant for feasibility studies to extend the railway network to Chad and 70 million for the rehabilitation of Pangar-Ngaoundere line.  However, during the recent Cameroon-Chad joint Commission for the extension project, held in Yaounde, it was revealed that the Board of Directors of the African Development Bank approved FCFA 3 billion for the feasibility studies for the Ngaoundere-N’Djamena railway line which will begin in September 2018.

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