ECOWAS, MRU To Coordinate Road Reform Program

The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and the Mano River Union (MRU) is expected to coordinate a US$ 332.955 million road sector reform program in three countries in the region.

The government of Liberia along with Ivory Coast and Guinea launched the joint border road construction program in Cocody, Ivory Coast recently.

The MRU Road Development and Transportation facilitation program is funded through the Transitional Support Fund and the African Development Fund.

Components of the program projects a 47.8km road pavement from Danane to Guinea and 65km from Blolequin to Toulepleu towards the Liberia border.

The project also covers 28 km from Taboo to the Liberian border and 30.75 km from Lola (CI) to Guinea as well as 96km from Karloken, Fish Town and Harper junction-Cavalla customs.

In a dispatch from the Acting Director of Communications and Documentation at the Ministry of Public Works, Gregory Stemn, the coordination is intended to support post-conflict economic recovery within the region.

Mr. Stemn said the program will improve roads and intra-community trade, transport conditions on affected routes, and reduce transportation costs between the three countries as well as improve the living conditions of the people therein.

The project is also comprised of the construction of a pre-stressed concrete girder bridge over the Cavalla River between Liberia and Ivory Coast borders.

Other aspects of the program include awareness of road users, and the control and supervision of work construction and equipment (weighing station) of two joint border posts.

It also covers the construction of four market centers; two in Liberia and two in the Ivory Coast as well as training of women traders in Liberia.