Côte d'Ivoire - Modernisation Of The Transport Sector For The Period 2018-2020

Côte d'Ivoire - Modernisation Of The Transport Sector For The Period 2018-2020
Minister of Transport, Amadou Koné

The Minister of Transport, Amadou Koné recently outlined the plans towards a modernised transport sector stating that the country was working on a “Clean Transport Sector”.  Whilst there are many challenges, the Minister had the following to say:

“Transport has a structuring effect on all economic activities, thanks in particular to the transport of raw materials, from production regions to processing, marketing and consumption areas. It is a vector that stimulates the competitiveness of the Ivorian economy while promoting private investment. So a vital sector for the growth of the country for which it now accounts for between 7% and 12% of GDP. 

“The share of 7% was two years ago. We think that today we are well over 9%. The calculations will be made by the Ministry of Employment to define the final figure of the share of transport in the national economy. Since January 2017, we have tackled various problems. Problems related to the modernisation of the Transport sector. I would like to pay tribute to all the Ministers of Transport who preceded me and who have made a significant contribution to the Government's success in the field of mobility in general, but,  also in the development of maritime, rail and air infrastructures.

“Over the period 2018-2020, the objectives that the Prime Minister has set for us are, firstly, increasing mobility, particularly in Greater Abidjan. Abidjan alone represents more than 35% share in the national economy.

“The second objective is competitiveness. That is to say, our participation in the competitiveness of the national economy, particularly to the development of port infrastructure and maritime regulations.

Finally, the development of the aeronautical hub Abidjan while promoting the emergence of new growth poles within the country. 

“Regarding mobility, with our main partners, the European Union, the World Bank, and  the contribution of the actors of the transport sector - in particular the High Council of the carriers - proceeded to the validation of the strategy with regard to road transport of goods. Securing a number of corridors, the main corridor which is the northern corridor, Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire's border with Burkina Faso and Mali, which are countries with which we have important exchanges.

“With regard to the competitiveness of the ports, I would like to congratulate the Directors General of the two ports, Abidjan and San Pedro. These two ports, in recent years, have been able to develop development plans. These plans are being executed. Decisions have been made, as well as the renegotiation of certain concessions. Pressure is being put on us to improve the logistics performance of our ports. Significant efforts are being made by the ports with the support of the Government.

“For the port of Abidjan, more than 500 billion FCFA of investments are in progress. We will have a much more competitive port. Efforts are being made with the Directorate of Maritime Affairs.  We have reactivated the Ports Competitiveness Commission, which meets regularly.    

“I would like to inform you that contrary to what is said, the latest report by a specialised body, which is approved by the World Bank, recently released, indicated that in terms of competitiveness, the Port of Abidjan is the second port after that of Durban, in South Africa. 

"Still on land transport, we have a number of rail projects including Abidjan, to ensure mobility, beyond giving more resources to Sotra, we are working hard to ensure that in 2022, the Abidjan's first metro line will be opened, and that next year we can sign for the second metro line that will go from Yopougon to Bingerville. All this will increase the mobility of Abidjan in addition to the 500 buses received last year, to improve public transport. Last year, Sotra transported more than 90 million passengers while the year before, it was carrying barely between 14 and 15 million passengers."

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