A $ 10 million financing agreement from the Kuwait Fund for the construction of the Mangoky Bridge has been signed in Egypt. An 880m bridge will be erected on the longest river in western Madagascar. The infrastructure will connect the Southwest and Menabe regions. It will be the longest bridge that will dethrone the bridge of Sofia with its 810m, which connects Port-Bergé to the city of Antso hihy, in the Sofia region.
The 1.5 million inhabitants of the South-West and Menabe regions crossed directly by the RN9 such as the districts of Morombe, Ambahikily, Beroroha, Ankazoabo or Manja will be easily connected using this bridge. For now, bins ensure the crossing of vehicles.
The construction of the Mangoky Bridge requires $ 60 million and the first $ 10 million financing from the Kuwait Fund was signed last Saturday in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt, between the Minister of Finance and Budget, Vonintsalama Andriambo lolona and the Director General of the Kuwaiti Fund for Arab Development Ayad Al Gharalbi, in the presence of the Acting President of the Republic, Rivo Rakotovao.
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The infrastructure completes what has been achieved on the reconstruction of the RN9 between Toliara and Anala misampy, including the South Befandriana bridge, financed by 94 billion Ariary from the African Development Bank (AfDB). A section of the RN 9, connecting Toliara to the commune of Ana la Misampy, 107km long is indeed already completed.
The second phase connecting Analamisampy to Manja, in the Menabe region, will have to wait for another funding. ADB would have already demonstrated to finance the $ 15 million, the total cost of this second phase. "This Kuwaiti financing agreement for the construction of the Mangoky Bridge is a logical extension of what has already been undertaken on the RN9 with the AfDB. Negotiations with donors have been going on for the last two years, looking for a total of $ 60 million, "said the head of state, Rivo Rakotovao. The loan agreement for the construction of the Mangoky Bridge on the Kuwait Fund dates back to 2014. "This is the first financing of four Arab countries, with the Kuwaiti Fund, for an amount of $ 10 million, which was signed last Saturday, "says the Minister of Finance and Budget.
For the remaining $ 50 million, three more donors are expected in the near future, namely the OPEC Fund for International Development (OFID), BADEA (Arab Bank for Africa's Development) and the Saudi Fund. Head of State Rivo Rakotovao and Minister of Finance and Budget Vonintsalama Andriambololona were invited by the Kuwaiti government to sign the agreement on the sidelines of the Africa Forum held in Egypt the last weekend

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