France’s support for the modernization of Addis Ababa’s public transports [fr]
On March16th, 2016, Eng. Fekadu Haile signed, on behalf of the Addis Ababa Road and transport Bureau, a Contract agreement amounting EUR 2,8 M for the first Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) pilot lane of Addis Ababa City with a consortium of consultant led by French SAFÈGE SAS.
BRT is a high-quality-bus-based transit system that delivers fast, safe, comfortable and cost-effective transport services to passengers, thanks to the provision of dedicated lanes and buses.
Arnaud Suquet, First Counsellor of the French Embassy and Ms. Anne Chapalain, Project manager at the French Agency for Development (AFD), witnessed this signing ceremony.
This 16 km BRT pilot lane will run from Wingate to Jemmo, going through Regional Bus Station, Merkato and Kera. Launching of operations is planned for mid-2018.
The Ministry of Finance and Economic Cooperation secured from AFD a EUR 85 million soft loan to support this BRT Pilot Project.
France trough the AFD strengthens its technical and financial partnership with the Addis Ababa City Government (AACG). It is to be recalled that AFD is already the first development partner to AACG in terms of Solid Waste Management (SWM) and intends to expand this fruitful relationship to relocation and modernization project of the Addis Ababa Abattoirs Enterprise.