Congo is considering the construction of a railway line to serve the north and the south in order to fcilitate the export of mining and hydrocarbon products. 1,000 km long, this railway linking the department of Sangha to that of Pointe-Noire, the ore port in the making, should require an investment of 10 billion dollars.
Presented as a lever of development according to the Head of State Dénis Sassou Nguesso, the construction of the said railway linking the production and export zones aims for the same development objectives like the integrative projects aimed at integration under -regional. This is for example the construction of the Chollet dam between Cameroon and the Congo or the exploitation of the Mbalam-Nabeba iron deposit between the two States including the construction of a railway to the ore terminal of the port in the deep waters of Kribi in Cameroon.
This railway junction is part of the strategy of opening up and strengthening the industrial fabric of Congo with a view to producing 10 million tonnes of iron per year from 2023. According to the Congolese government, the construction of these infrastructures aims to objective of strengthening the contribution of the mining sector to the country’s development in a context of diversification of the means of production aimed at freeing itself from dependence on oil, which constitutes more than 80% of the country’s budgetary resources.