Libya’s Transport Minister, Mohamed Al-Shahubi, and the Ambassador of Nigerrecently discussedpractical steps for the transit road project linking Misrata, Tamanhint, and Agadez. The construction of the transit trade road between Libya and Niger was agreed upon in an MoU signed during the “Made in Libya” exhibition held in Niamey from March 14 to 19. The transit route will run from Misrata Free Zone on the Mediterranean coast of Libya through the Tamanhant Free Zone in southern Libya, near Sebha, and on to Agadez in central Niger.
Strengthening Historical Relations
During the meeting, the two officials praised the depth of historical relations between Libya and Niger and expressed their intention to strengthen them further to serve the interests of the two peoples. The Libyan Transport Ministry said the MoU comes within the framework of activating economic cooperation and supporting investment programs between the two countries. It aims to implement the opening of a strategic arterial road linking Libya as the gateway to Africa with the countries beyond the Sahara.
Potential Gains for the Economy
The Ministry added that the project would constitute a quantum leap for the economy of the two countries with achievable gains. These include the potential transformation of the region into a center for trade, the flow of goods and merchandise, and the movement of transit and transport. The transit road project would not only provide a faster and more efficient route for transporting goods and services, but it would also create new economic opportunities for businesses in Libya and Niger.
Boosting Regional Integration
The Misrata-Tamanhint-Agadez transit road project is part of a broader effort by African nations to strengthen regional integration and trade. The African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) agreement, which entered into force on January 1, 2021, aims to create a single market for goods and services, facilitate the movement of capital and people, and promote economic integration. By building a transit road that connects Libya with Niger and beyond, the two countries will contribute to realizing the vision of the AfCFTA and promote economic growth and development in the region.
While the Misrata-Tamanhint-Agadez transit road project holds great promise for Libya and Niger, there are also significant challenges that need to be addressed. The security situation in the region is a major concern, as the route passes through areas that are prone to armed conflict and terrorist activities. The two countries will need to work closely with each other and with international partners to ensure the safety and security of the transit road.
The Misrata-Tamanhint-Agadez transit road project is a significant milestone in the economic cooperation between Libya and Niger. By building a transit road that connects the two countries, they will create new economic opportunities, boost regional integration, and promote economic growth and development. While there are significant challenges ahead, the two countries are committed to overcoming them to realize the full potential of the project.
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