The road will generate additional regional trade and economic benefits because it links the Côte d’Ivoire, Burkina Faso and Mali. The Ivorian Ministry of Economic Infrastructure has awarded a Louis Berger-led consortium (http://www.louisberger.com) a 1.65 million euro ($1.76 million USD) construction supervision contract financed through the French Agency for Development’s debt relief and development program for Côte d’Ivoire.
The consortium will supervise the construction of a 45 kilometer (28 miles) road between Ferkessédougou, the second largest town in northern Côte d’Ivoire, and Ouangolodougou, a northern town near the country’s border with Burkina Faso. Work also will include the rehabilitation of various road crossings.
“This road, when complete, will help local Ivorian producers transport their products to market faster and under better conditions,” said Jean-Pierre Dupacq, head of Louis Berger’s operations in Africa. “The road also will generate additional regional trade and economic benefits because it links the Côte d’Ivoire, Burkina Faso and Mali.”
Louis Berger has more than 50 years of experience in Africa and 20 years of experience working in the Côte d’Ivoire, where the firm has implemented nearly 15 projects covering a broad range of professional services in the agriculture and transportation sectors.