Senegal Rail Ministry Wants New Investments in Dakar-Bamako Line
Senegal’s Ministry of Land and Rail Transport is lobbying the governments of Senegal and Mali to honor their debts to Transrail S.A., the Dakar-based rail operator that runs a route between Dakar and the Malian capital, Bamako, Senegal’s Communication Ministry said.
The rail ministry is also asking the two governments to raise 4 billion CFA francs ($8.8 million) to revamp the railway, according to an e-mailed statement from the ministry. The World Bank has expressed an interest in financing the project, it said.
Senegal’s port of Dakar competes with Ivory Coast’s Abidjan in servicing Mali and Burkina Faso, both landlocked states. A truck between Dakar and Bamako travels at just 6 kilometers (4.2 miles) an hour, according to a World Bank report published last year.
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