The 2RID Project's development objective is to contribute to the improvement of the connectivity and logistics of regional transport corridors within the Katsina / Kano / Maradi (K2M) region (mainly Niger and Nigeria). The project will be implemented as a coherent component of the investment in rural infrastructures (including regional rural roads network and connectivity and large-scale cross-border trade logistics) promoted by Niger and the International Fund for Agriculture Development (IFAD) within the “Support Program to Family Agriculture in the southern regions of Niger (SPFA): Tahoua, Maradi, Zinder” aiming to improve market access for farm families through the construction of 18 satellites collection centres distributed around 9 markets next to economic development centres where 1,150 km of rural roads will be rehabilitated / constructed.
As at 30 June 2016, the project is still in its preparation phase. The ESIA was completed in June 2015 and IFAD’s Executive Board approval was obtained in April 2015.
The EU-AITF TA grant, for which CDP (replacing SIMEST) is the Lead Financier, will be used for the Regional Trade Integration component of the project which aims to provide the project partners with the opportunity to participate in the strengthening of cross-border trade flow through better political dialogue for connectivity centres of economic development and sub-regional corridors.