Niger, EU start work on Zinder-Tanout road
Niger is taking a step forward in accomplishing the dream of a trans-Saharan highway that will link six countries of the Sahel and Maghreb (Algeria, Chad, Mali, Niger, Nigeria and Tunisia). On 13 January, Niger’s President Mahamadou Issoufou, together with Denisa-Elena Lonette, ambassador of the EU Delegation, kicked off the rehabilitation of the 138-km Zinder-Tanout road. “The project is indeed of crucial importance for Niger, not only to facilitate local trade but also to contribute to filling an important gap in the major trans-Saharan axis between Lagos and Algiers. This means connecting six countries across 9 600 km,” stated the EU delegation in Niger. According to government sources, the project will cost FCFA 30 billion (EUR 46 million). The European Union is helping to fund the project. Road infrastructure is a key part of the EU’s co-operation with Niger. The EU has supported infrastructure development worth FCFA 210 billion (EUR 325 million) over the past decade.