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Cotonou-Niamey Corridor: CPCS optimizes road transport in Benin

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To reduce transport costs between the port of Cotonou in Benin and Niamey, the capital of Niger, the CPCS-led consortium (Fisher, IRU, ORTELIUS), is assisting the Beninese government in designing and implementing political and institutional reforms aimed at improving the efficiency of freight transport and customs operations along this strategic corridor.

Specifically, CPCS is involved in the Corridor Operations Efficiency Project (COE Project) for the Cotonou-Niamey route, overseen by the Millennium Challenge Account-Benin Regional (MCA-Benin Regional). This entity was created following a $504 million grant agreement (also known as a Compact) between the United States’ Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) and the Benin-Niger governments. The MCC has committed $202 million for Benin and $302 million for Niger.

Key points

  • Expertise: The COE Project builds on recommendations that CPCS previously provided to MCC in a Benin-Niger study on transport costs along the Cotonou-Niamey Corridor as part of the preparation for the Benin-Niger Regional Transport Compact.

  • COE project objective: Addressing inefficiencies along the Corridor that result in high total logistics costs.

  • Economic impact: “The Cotonou-Niamey corridor is a vital pillar of Benin’s economy. Improving its efficiency is crucial for maximizing value creation and enhancing regional economic integration,” says Mamoudou Bocoum, CPCS Vice President, Francophone Africa Division.

  • In numbers: More than 1.6M people will benefit from an optimized corridor.

Advisory services by the CPCS-led consortium

  • Conduct economic analyses, monitoring and evaluation activities, and develop a fleet renewal program for heavy goods and passenger vehicles.

  • Perform technical, environmental, and social impact studies for the construction of offloading areas.

  • Design political reforms and capacity-building measures for transport sector stakeholders.

  • Improve customs interconnection systems and the reliability of freight transport flows.

  • Provide training on integrating gender issues and social inclusion in customs operations.

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