Railway network to be upgraded soon in Ivory Coast and Burkina Faso?
28 July 2009
Railway transport in the Ivory Coast and Burkina Faso, operated by Sitarail, may be getting a new look thanks to a recent upgrade plan.
This announcement was made on 22 July last at a press conference following the appointment of Lassiné Diawara to the position of President of the Board of Management of Sitarail.
Dominique Lafont, Director General of Bolloré Africa Logistics, has made a proposal to the Member States and funds providers to adopt a plan to upgrade railway transport infrastructures operated by Sitarail.
The budget makes provision for 75 billion CFA Francs (162 million Dollars) for the infrastructures, 60 billion CFA Francs (134 million Dollars) for rolling stock, and 130 billion CFA Francs (282 million Dollars) for the in-depth maintenance of track and materiel.
The plan, which is still to be adopted by the two Governments, includes an urgent investment to upgrade the tracks, stations, and other infrastructures, and also the trains. The second phase will be the improvement of railway traffic management.