These studies helped strengthen the Republic of Benin’s decision to support a regionally integrated and cohesive transport infrastructures scheme (the “Backbone Project”).
Implementation of the Backbone Project will ensure a stable, balanced and attractive legal, financial and fiscal framework to attract local, regional and international investors.
To this end, the Republic of Benin and PIC Network Limited have entered into agreements to facilitate the creation of a public-private partnership with an initial core group of African and international investors and stakeholders.
- The construction and exploitation of a new deep water port in Sème-Kpodji, located on the border between Nigeria and Benin
- The rehabilitation and exploitation of the existing railway lines Cotonou-Parakou, the construction and exploitation of new railway lines from Parakou to Niamey (Niger) and the possible extension to the port, the airport and possibly even to Lagos (Nigeria)
- The construction and exploitation of a dry port as a multimodal logistic platforms
- The construction and exploitation of a new international airport in Krake on the border between Nigeria and Benin
- Various ancillary and related infrastructures
- To promote the regional interconnection of surface networks (the roads and railways)
- To improve the performance of transit corridors with neighbouring countries (especially landlocked ones)