The Senegalese government is partnering with Team Europe to implement the Public Transport Network initiative in Dakar, leveraging €320 million in funding from European banks and governments to upgrade the Dakar Public Transport Network.
The funding is set to be provided by the French Development Agency (AFD), the European Investment Bank (EIB) with the support of the European Commission and the KfW Development Bank on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development.
The project will enable the West African country to modernize Dakar’s public transport infrastructure to ensure safer, cleaner and affordable transportation for all and will include restructuring Dakar’s bus network through the modernization of 14 bus lines, the acquisition of 380 buses, the construction of two bus depots, the construction of 30 km of roads and the installation of modern ticketing, network management and control systems. The funds will also support transport authority CETUD in enhancing its operations.
“The public transport network project in Dakar contributes to Senegal’s national development plan spanning 2019-2023 and its first strategic axis, structural transformation of the economy,” Oulimata Sarr, Minister of Economy, Planning and Cooperation of Senegal said in a statement.
In addition to helping Senegal achieve its infrastructure and socioeconomic development targets set under the National Development Plan 2019-2023, the project contributes heavily towards the country’s green transition and climate change mitigation.
The project is part of the Global Gateway Africa Europe Investment Package which aims to support inclusive, green and digital recovery and transformation and the Dakar-Abidjan strategic economic corridor.