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Old April 9th, 2014, 12:10 PM   #41
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Point Noire to Dolisie (Troncon 1 on the above map)

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Old April 10th, 2014, 08:17 AM   #42
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Old July 6th, 2016, 08:53 PM   #43
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Congo (Brazzaville) No. 1 National Highway Officially Opened

The opening ceremony for Congo (Brazzaville) No. 1 National Highway, constructed by China State Construction Engineering Corporation Ltd (CSCEC), was held on March 1, 2016, marking the thorough connection of the completed Highway. Attending the ceremony were President Denis Sassou-Nguesso of the Republic of Congo, Chinese Ambassador Xia Huang in the Republic of Congo, and Vice President Shao Jijiang of CSCEC.

While personally hosting the ribbon-cut ceremony accompanied by Ambassador Xia and VP Shao, President Sassou awarded Knight’s Cross, the highest honor in the country, to 14 people who have made their own contributions to the completion of the Project, including Ambassador Xia, Economic and Commercial Counselor Shen Xiang, Managing Director Li Jiqin of CSCEC Overseas Operations, General Manager Li Hongyue of CSCEC West Africa Company, and representatives from Exim Bank, Sinosure and those others working for the Highway Project.

Congo (Brazzaville) No. 1 National Highway Project, with the total length of 535km, starts from Pointe-Noire, the economic center, on the west, to Brazzaville, the capital, on the east, traversing coastal plains, primeval forests, river valleys, and plateaus. As the only bi-directional four-lane national trunk road linking east and west, the Highway Project, having gone through 8-year construction period, is called by the President as “Road Leading to the Future”. It is also the biggest and most important cooperative project between China and the Republic of Congo since the two countries set up diplomatic ties 50 years ago. Upon its completion, it only takes 8 hours for the drive from Point-Noire to Brazzaville versus the past one week’s ride, which will greatly promote local economic development.
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Old July 7th, 2016, 12:12 PM   #44
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95% completed in 2×2 lanes (around 508km), not a bad effort overall, well at least the result is visible after 8 years of "cutting ribbons and speaking nice french". The economic opportunities of the corridor will be a game changer for the positive, impacting the whole nation. Impact will be felt too economically in the bigger Congo, especially Bas Congo and Kinshasa province. However that is just pure speculation on my part as I assume business/import/export transactions will flow both ways smoother from Kin-Brazza-P.N compared to Kin-B.Congo

US$2-US$3.billion(?) cost, not sure what the final cost is; possible $2.82B is the figure I've seen thrown around, original figure was unrealistic at $500m
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Old July 7th, 2016, 02:14 PM   #45
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^preme3000, what do you think about Point Noire Port becoming the first port of Kinshasa? Not Matadi Port? Good or Bad ?
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Old July 7th, 2016, 04:46 PM   #46
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It would be a very bad idea should that happen but it would also be a reflection of the sad state of affairs of DRC although it's already an established way of doing business in the region anyway due to ROC having the ability to handle larger cargo.

For reasons of National interests and security, it's always worth being independent in anything that you can. I would class being in control of your ports is a matter of national security rather than having your neighbour potentially blocking or controlling what goes in and out in times of geopolitical games.

However, having Pointe Noire handle some cargo for DRC in additonal to a fully functional deep port at Banana under some legal and economical framework beneficial to both countries should not be a problem. The Kin-Brazza area is a large market to serve so both ports have a part to play

Mind you, the way the DRC ports are controlled at the moment and during the last couple of decades points to a lot of suspicions; we will [on paper] become a much more transparent country once Kanambe exits the scene. Basically at the moment, everything government related is a source of embarrassment for the country
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Old July 7th, 2016, 05:35 PM   #47
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15 African countries landlocked in AFRICA:

Botswana
Burkina Faso
Burundi
Central African Republic
Chad
Ethiopia
Lesotho
Malawi
Mali
Niger
Rwanda
Swaziland
South Soudan

Most DR CONGO provinces are landlocked.....In your paragraph about sovereignty....What should these landlocked countries do then?
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Old July 7th, 2016, 06:11 PM   #48
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Congo, Inauguration du trançon Brazzaville-Dolisie
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