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Infrastructures/ Roads in Congo Brazzaville

Infrastructure matters because it is the magic ingredient in so much of modern life. It is not secondary to other, more high profile elements of economic strategy. It affects the competitiveness of every business in the country; it is the invisible thread that ties our prosperity together. (...) And its value lies in its ability to make things possible tomorrow that we cannot even begin to imagine today.”

Infrastructure is the backbone of the world economy: it generates commercial opportunities, reduces the costs of goods and services, and allows production potential to be fully realized. It is the primary engine of global growth and a tremendous tool for human development.

In the future, the need for infrastructure in Africa will be even greater: the continent is expected to achieve growth of 5.3% in 2013 and 5.7% in 2014 (IMF), while the use of infrastructure increases notably in the cities with significant development.

The development of a country can only be feasible if it is supported and propelled by appropriate infrastructure.

A country of four million, advantageously located on the Atlantic, in the heart of a region rich in natural resources, the Congo plans to transform itself into a transit hub for the region. This transformation lies at the centre of the program of large-scale works that have been launched by the Congolese authorities. Once completed these projects will help to place the Congo at the centre of a vast regional market as a hub for growth and pivotal transit point in the region.

Gateway to a vast market of 200 million inhabitants in 12 countries With five international borders, the Congo is located in the heart of the vast sub-region of Central Africa, one of the largest cultural and economic groupings in Africa. Thanks to projects currently underway, the Congo is establishing itself as a gateway and transit point for investors and entrepreneurs to the region and communities along the Congo River basin.

Favourable macro-economic indicators The cancellation of a large portion of the debt in 2009 has allowed the Congo to reduce its national foreign debt from 59% of the GDP in 2008 to 22% in 2012, and to maintain its long-term sustainability. Political stability, economic diversification and sustained growth make the Congo an attractive destination for investors in the continent.

“The Congo has ambitions to be the Central African equivalent of what Hong Kong is to China. The Congo River, in much the same way as the Danube or the Rhine, is called upon to delineate two prosperous economic groupings”

National roads in the Republic of Congo are important roads connecting important parts of the territory. Their use is free, except when crossing certain structures subject to tolls. They are open to all vehicles.

Tourists in Congo Brazzaville most of the time will be transported by Van or Bus and its will depend of the distance they are going to make.

Some stretches of some roads are too degraded to be usable, some are difficult to use all year round, others are unusable during the rainy season, and some are in fairly good condition.

At the start of the 21st century, upon the conclusion of eight years of civil war (1993-2002), the Congo lacked basic infrastructure. Had investment for the Congo to reach current levels of development and investment. The General Delegation for Major Public Works (DGGT, Délégation Générale aux Grands Travaux) has allowed the Congo to leap forward in terms of infrastructure development, modernization and industrialization. Created by President Sassou N’Guesso in 2002, the DGGT is charged with overseeing the completion of large-scale projects and is responsible for managing investments in excess of two million dollars. It coordinates the calls for tenders, ensures the monitoring of work sites and carries out the final inspection of the structures.

International Airport of Maya Maya The new terminal and the second runway of the international airport of Maya Maya of Brazzaville, was inaugurated in 2011 and welcomes 800,000 visitors per year.

The road network, the backbone of the national economy Close to 1,000 km of roads have been rehabilitated and paved between 2002 and 2012. The National Route RN1 is poised to link the Atlantic coast with Brazzaville and the Congo interior.

Autonomous Port of Pointe-Noire, natural gateway to the Atlantic Ocean One of the few deep-water ports in Africa and the deepest in the Gulf of Guinea, Pointe-Noire possesses key advantages: storage capacity, transfer of shipments that are too heavy for Douala (Cameroon), Luanda (Angola) and Matadi (Democratic Republic of Congo), accelerated formalities, draught of -15M for the acceptance of ships up to 7000 TEU’s. The electric boulevard in the heart of the development of the region Since 2002, the completion of energy production and distribution projects like the power station at Moukoulkoulou, (75 MW) and the Imboulou dam (120 MW) have allowed the total supply of electricity to exceed 600 MW annually.

National Roads in the Republic of Congo

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Crossing Town

NR1Brazzaville, Kinkala, Dolisie, Pointe-Noire

NR2Brazzaville, Ouesso

NR3Dolisie, Kibangou, Nyanga, Ngongo

NR4Madingou-Kayes, Pointe-Noire, Nzassi

NR5Madingou-Kayes, Nzambi

NR6Mall, Mandzi

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