Togo: Japan backs Sokodé bypass project with CFA16 bln grant

Monday, 20 November 2023 16:49
Togo: Japan backs Sokodé bypass project with CFA16 bln grant

(Togo First) - In Togo, the Sokodé bypass project has reached a new milestone and should start soon. The government sealed a deal to this end last week, with the Japanese Cooperation Agency (JICA). The deal, for a CFA16 billion grant, was signed on November 17, by Togo’s Minister of Public Works, Zouréhatou Kassah-Traoré.

Commenting on the funding, the Japanese ambassador to Togo, Katsuya Ikkatai, said it is “the highest amount ever provided in terms of support, as part of bilateral cooperation.” 

Under the bypass project, a 12km-long and 11m-wide two-way road will be built. It will be paired with a water drainage system. 

This project, which is part of the larger National Road N°17, will improve traffic downtown. 

The bypass should also help enhance trade with hinterland countries and overall foster regional economic development.

Construction works should be completed by the end of the first quarter of 2024. The site is located 340 km north of Lomé, the capital.

Ayi Renaud Dossavi

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