Countries agree to build bridge between Kinshasa and Brazzaville

2/25/2019 2:33:54 PM

The neighboring countries of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Republic of Congo (RC) have agreed to build a bridge across the Congo river that separates their capital cities of Kinshasa and Brazzaville. The bridge, an investment of €488 million, will be developed as a public-private partnership. 

The project will include a railway track, toll bridge, and road/sidewalk. The agreement to build the bridge gives the green light to main developer Africa50 to lead the project development and to provide strategic partners and equity for the construction. 

The infrastructure will enable the nations to open both capitals to new trade opportunities, and a diversification of the economy. The bridge would not only improve the transport network between Kinshasa and Brazzaville but also provide another alternative to accessing these capitals currently linked by water and air.  

VenturesAfrica reports that the idea to link the capital cities dates back to the mid-19th century. DRC and RC governments have been working on this project since as far back as 2007. 

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