The Liaison Committee of the Trans-Saharan Road (CLRT) is working currently for the implementation of a development plan, covering the north of Mali and Niger and the far south of Algeria, allowing the identification of inadequacies and stakes relating to the profitability of the construction of this road, said Tuesday, in Algiers, CLRT’s Secretary General Mohamed Ayadi, APS reported.
“We intend to draw up a development plan covering northern Mali, Niger and southern Algeria in order to give international institutions a clear approach so that they can help us in the completion of the Trans-Saharan Highway project , notably in the Malian part, where 700 kms are still on the track, ” said Ayadi at the 66th session of the CLRT, held on Tuesday and Wednesday in Algiers, in the presence of representatives of member countries of the Committee (Algeria , Tunisia, Mali, Niger, Nigeria and Chad).
This plan will identify “inadequacies and measure the stakes in order to find a profitability for the construction of the road in certain areas of this region”, explained Mr. Ayadi, inviting the stakeholders to continue working together despite financial and security problems in the region.
Noting that Algeria, which chairs the CLRT, did “remarkable work” with the completion of 1,700 kms, the head recalled that the project of the Trans-Saharan Route “will help enormously all countries that want to have trade with Africa in the future “.
The official explained that the entire project was finalized in Tunisia and Nigeria, whereas in Algeria, a 200-km segment has yet to be completed to connect the country to Mali.
Considering that the Trans-Saharan Highway will be a major “communication” axis for the development of commercial and economic activities, also opening new prospects for the development of the Sahel countries, the Secretary-General of the Ministry of Transport and Public Works, Ali Hammi, recalled in his speech that Algeria had mobilized over $ 3 billion from the state budget for the realization of this project.
The official said that this 66th session of the Committee not only provides an opportunity to “strengthen the ancestral ties between the countries of the region”, but also an ideal framework for evaluating the actions undertaken and continuing the coordination.
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