The governments of Guinea and Mali are working closely to develop and operationlised the Conakry-Kankan-Bamako railway line, Madam Rose Kasso Tinguiano, Deputy Director-General of Guinea’s National Railway Agency (Societe Nationale des Chemins de fer de Guinee, SNCFG) has disclosed.
Speaking at the RailAfta Conference held in Abuja this week, the Guinean official presented an overview of Guinean railway agenda which she narrated was closely tied to the mining sector, explaining that both Conakry and Bamako are passionate about railway linkage between both countries.
She informed that the authorities of two brotherly neighboring countries, Republics of Guinea and Mali, recently launched the reconstruction project of Conakry-Kankan-Bamako line as part of ECOWAS recommendations, advocating that African coastal countries should cooperate with landlocked countries in order to bolster trade and mobility.
Aside linking both countries, she said the line was expected to connect Niger Republic by the way from Burkina Faso.
The deputy Director General stated that at the moment, both parties, Guinea and Mali, would pool their efforts to search for financing of the mega-project and thereafter requested for the technical and financial partners to join the parties for the realization of the sub-regional railway corridor.
The Guinean delegation was led by Madam Rose Kasso Tinguiano, Deputy Director-General of Guinea’s National Railway Agency (Societe Nationale des Chemins de fer de Guinee, SNCFG), and Mr. Laye CONDE, Engineer, Technical Advisor of DG/SNCFG. In her speech, Madam Rose had earlier informed that Republic of Guinea whose capital is Conakry is a coastal country in West Africa covering 245,857 km2 with a population of 12 million that are relatively young.
Guinea she said boasts of 320 km in sea coasts and several seaports, including Conakry port with international standing, noting that Guinea possesses a railway network with almost 1,300 km in standard metrical gauge line with 662 km in deteriorated conditions and also has four lines for mining transportation.
She said that to exploit the iron deposit of Simadou site, considered as the biggest iron ore deposits in Africa and one of the first tops in the world, a line of 650km is under construction, emphasizing that the Guinea’s railway network was mostly used for mining exploitation that was designed to be an inter-modal transportation system.
Madam Rose lauded the Transitional Government under the leadership of His Excellency Colonel Mamadi Doumbouya, who considers the mobility needs of his people and their goods.