Mali Reforms Railways Sector as Dakar-Bamako Line Opens in August

Malian government has embarked on fast tracked reforms of its railway sector even as it announced that Bamako-Dakar line will be ooened by August this year.

These are many of the flagship commitments mentioned in the Minutes of Conciliation between the Government, the National Council of Patronage of Mali (CNPM) and the National Union of Workers of Mali (UNTM). The document highlights the points of agreement including the revival of the railroad.

With regard to the revival of the railway, the Government reported on the efforts made by the State. This includes the termination of the concession granted to Société Transrail-SA; the creation of an interim management body called “Dakar Bamako Ferroviaire” (DBF) to ensure the operation of the line, with all the employees recruited from Transrail-SA; the establishment of an emergency program of 7.5 billion CFA francs to finance the maintenance and maintenance of locomotives for 2.5 billion.

In addition, there is the rehabilitation of the critical points of the track for 2 billion and the assumption of six months of wages for 3 billion; the setting up of a second emergency program of twenty (20) billion CFA francs by the State.

Pending the resumption of traffic, in eight ( months, in August 2019, the State of Mali will continue to pay the salaries of Malian agents of DBF and to settle the arrears from February to October 2018 according to a quarterly schedule.

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