Transport Ministers Of Trans-Sahara Highway Member States Meeting In Algiers
7 March 2014
The 60th session of the Liaison Committee of the Trans-Saharan Highway has opened in Algiers with the participation of Cabinet ministers in charge of roads who will review the progress of construction of this infrastructure and examine its role in the development of trade.
During the two-day meeting which ends Wednesday, the ministers from Algeria, Tunisia, Mali, Niger, Chad and Nigeria will also address the committee's proposals to particularly involve national companies and offices in monitoring the co mpletion of this highway.
The growth in trade among the countries linked by the Trans-Sahara Highway, which is still weak despite the completion of the largest part of the highway, will also be on the agenda of the meeting. The highway links Algiers to Lagos, Nigeria, a distance pf 4,500km, plus an additional 3,600km of linked highways to Tunisia, Mali and Chad.
Funding institutions such as the African Development Bank (AfDB), the Arab Bank for Economic Development in Africa (ABEDA), the Islamic Development Bank (IDB) and the OPEC Fund for International Development (OFID) are also represented at the meeting.