Congo to receive £76 million for road infrastructure
9 September 2009
The Department for International Development has announced a doubling in funding for its road-building programme in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) from £38 million to £76 million.
Africa minister Gareth Thomas informed the country during a visit that the Pro-Routes project would help the DRC government to create between 2,500 and 3,000 km of priority roads.
Currently, the official revealed, the country has only 2,000 km of paved roads as opposed to the 398,000 km used in the UK.
"By doubling the amount of UK[add space]aid ordinary citizens and businesses will get better access not only to medical care and schools but also to export markets," Mr Thomas said.
He added: "New roads will bring much-needed new development opportunities for the people of DRC."
According to the department, the DRC's motorway infrastructure problems aid rebels.
The UN reported this week on possible war crimes being carried out by outlaw forces.