The Board of the African Development Fund (ADF) has granted a loan of CFAF 32.4bn (US$ 69.85m) to Senegal in Africa for the construction of the Dakar-Diamniadio highway project.

ADF is the concessionary window of the African Development Bank (AfDB) Group.

The public private partnership project involves the construction of a 31.60km highway with toll stations, facilitating a rapid link between Dakar and Diamniadio.

The highway project, which is the first section of the Dakar-Bamako highway (Senegal-Mali) as well as Dakar-Labe-Conakry (Senegal-Guinea), will help improve people and goods movement in the Dakar region and in neighbouring areas.

The ADF is financing 13.41% of the entire cost of the project while the rest is being provided by the International Development Association, the French Development Agency and the Senegalese government.

About 300,000 inhabitants of Pikine as well as 3,000 families in Tivaouane Peul will benefit from the highway project.