Deal signed to build bridge over Congo River

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Alain Ebobissé, CEO Africa50 in the middle with Minister Bouya (right) and Minister Bahati Lukwebo (left) Courtesy: Africa Investment Forum

The African Development Bank (AfDB) and Africa50 on Thursday signed an agreement with the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and the Republic of Congo to develop and finance the first road-rail bridge over the Congo River.

Pierre Guislain, Vice-president, Private Sector, Infrastructure and Industrialization of the African Development Bank (who signed on behalf of the AfDB), Bahati Lukwebo, Senior Minister of Planning of DRC (left), Alain Ebobissé, CEO Africa50, Minister Bouya, Minister of Planning and Major Works of Congo (right), Minister Olga Ebouka Babakas, Minister of Regional Integration of Republic of Congo. Courtesy: Africa Investment Forum

When completed, the proposed 1.6 kilometers (1 mile) long roadway will help connect the capital cities of Kinshasa and Brazzavile. Currently, ferries help transport people back and forth between the two cities.

“The construction of this bridge will not only connect the two cities but also promote the integration of the region across borders,” said Congo’s Planning Minister Modeste Bahati Lukwebo, speaking at the signing in Johannesburg.

The agreement was signed on the sidelines of an investor meeting in South Africa. The African Development Bank said it will raise the financing of the project, which is estimated to cost $550 million.

The bridge will include a four-lane highway, a railroad track, and a pedestrian walkway. The plans are for it to be a toll bridge and there will be border posts at both ends.

No start or competition dates were given for the construction of the bridge.

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