“Pro-routes” officially launched in the DRC
7 August 2009
A major highway upgrade project in the DRC has just been launched in Kisangani, on Saturday, 1 August 2009, in the presence of British Ambassador Nick Kay and Bongeli Emile, Deputy Prime Minister in charge of Reconstruction.
The national highway upgrade programme, known as “PRO-ROUTES”, will make it possible for considerable modernisation of the DRC road network to be achieved.
The roads upgraded within the framework of this programme provide links between the major centres of population and form the backbone of the network.
The aim of the programme is to promote economic growth by making movement much easier across the entire country.
The project is being financed partially by the DRC, the World Bank (50 million Dollars), and the United Kingdom. At the launch ceremony Nick Kay announced that the British contribution, initially set at 62.5 million Dollars, will be doubled to 125 million. A multi- backer trust fund has likewise been opened by the World Bank to participate in the financing of the work.<br/>