The African Development Bank (AfDB) has approved funding of UA31.61m (US$47.34m) for the Republic of Chad, for the Koumra–Sarh road development project, through the African Development Fund (ADF).

The project will focus on improving efficacy of the transport logistics chain, reducing transport costs to open up the country.

It also aims at improving the transfer of goods and people in the southern part of Chad.

The project involves development and tarring of the 110km Koumra-Sarh section, inspecting and supervising the work, providing support for project management, monitoring-evaluation and auditing accounts.

In addition, the project includes the development of 111km of feeder roads, rehabilitating social infrastructure and some other constructions for strengthening the project’s socio-economic impact.

The new road will link the Moundou-Sarh corridor and open up the country, especially the south-eastern oil-producing region of Doba.

The sections in Moundou-Doba and Doba-Koumra are underway and co-financed by the European Development Fund (EDF) and the Chadian Government.

The UA56.17m project will be jointly financed by the ADF (UA31.61m), EDF (UA1.96m) and the Chadian government (UA22.6m).