US government and Bechtel partner with Côte d’Ivoire on infrastructure masterplan

A team made up of the US government’s Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) and Bechtel Infrastructure Corporation have signed a memorandum of understanding with the government of Côte d’Ivoire to develop an infrastructure masterplan for the west African country.

Bechtel plans to send a team to Abidjan to work with representatives from the government of Côte d’Ivoire to develop the plan, which could serve as a regional template.

Sean Cairncross, MCC’s chief executive, said: "Infrastructure masterplanning is critical as we identify opportunities for coordinated and complementary investments among public sector, private sector, and civil society partners.

"MCC, Bechtel, and the government of Côte d’Ivoire each bring a unique expertise and approach to this initiative and we look forward to an effective and successful collaboration."

Patrick Achi, an Ivorian politician, said: "The national infrastructure masterplan will guide future infrastructure projects and will serve as a roadmap to increase economic growth, reduce poverty and increase foreign domestic investment in Côte d’Ivoire."

The MCC already has a $525m standalone agreement with Côte d’Ivoire that will fund transportation and education.

Image: Abidjan port (Leon Viti/Dreamstime)

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