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Highway Development Project: ECOWAS, Experts Set To Review Project

The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) is set to meet with experts in order to review the progress of the various components of the Abidjan-Lagos Corridor Highway Development Project.

The sixteenth steering committee and experts’ meeting is a 3-day event set to hold in FCT, Abuja.

The event opens with the Experts’ Meeting taking place from 1st-2nd June 2022 and will be finalised with the Steering Committee Meeting on 3rd June 2022.

Apart from reviewing the project’s growth, the Meeting will monitor the implementation of the recommendations of the 15th meeting of COPIL and Experts.

There will also be discussions on the proposal of Cote D’Ivoire on the change of Corridor Alignment, and participants will be informed about the choice of different countries regarding the toll system in order to decide which system to apply among others.

According to a statement made available by ECOWAS, It is expected that at the conclusion of the meetings, the choice of the page system, the consultant claims, handling approach, level of compensation, as well as the new study completion schedule, will be validated.

Also, the progress report to be presented to Honourable Ministers of the region on the ‘status, challenges and recommendations on key project issues’, will be prepared and agreed.

Participants expected at the workshop include staff of the ECOWAS Commission, Representatives of Member States, Development Partners and SOFRECO/KHATIB.

Meanwhile, the fifteenth (15th) Steering Committee and Experts’ Meeting had earlier took place in Cotonou, Republic of Benin, from 12th-22nd October 2021.

The revised Feasibility and Preliminary Design Study reports for the Highway Development Project were reviewed and the start of the Detailed Engineering Design phase was agreed.

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