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Project Information

Investment ID: 46002-P-Z1-GB0-024

Bank: African Development Bank

Environmental Category: 2

Country: Niger

Region: Sub-Saharan Africa

Approval Date: Dec. 9, 2016

Investment Types: Loans

Total Project Cost: UA 34.8 million

Total Complaints: 1


The multinational component of the Trans-Sahara Optical Fibre Backbone (TSB) Project aims to achieve the interconnection between Niger, Algeria, Nigeria and Chad through the laying of 1 510 kilometres of optical fibre cables. The project is a natural extension of the Trans-Saharan Highway (RTS). It has been attached to the Trans-Saharan Highway project to connect all concentrations of people on its route by road to other parts of the country and, beyond, the world. The proposed intervention consists of completing the missing links in Niger and Chad of the trans-Saharan ridge. The project intends to establish pilot data centres, eGovernment platforms and an Integrated Management System for the Electronic Identification of People (SIGIEP) in both countries. It also plans, among other things, to provide institutional support for the conduct of feasibility studies on the continuous implementation of the project, support ICT regulatory authorities and national agencies, academic institutions as well as a component that focuses on women’s empowerment. The project will contribute to reducing spatial exclusion and gaps in terms of existing transmission capacity in areaslocated within both countries, while laying the basis for the future development of e-Commerce, mobile financial services, e-Government, etc. It will be implemented over a four-year period from 2017 to 2020 for a total cost estimated at UA 62.262 million.


Investment Type ID Amount Status Bank Client
Loans 46002-P-Z1-GB0-024 UA 34.8 million Planned AfDB Government of Niger

Related Complaints

African Development Bank IRM Complaints IAM Country Date Filed Status
Trans-Sahara Optic Fiber Backbone Project AfDB IRM Niger 05/03/2020 Closed Without Outputs


Name Complaints Dispute Resolutions DR Successful Compliance Reviews Non-Compliance
Ministry of telecommunications and the economy, Niger