Chad inks airport accord with Chinese firm


The government of Chad has signed a US$1 billion accord with China CAMC Engineering Co for the construction of an international airport about 40 km (25 miles) from the Central African country’s capital.

The deal, signed last Thursday, is the second infrastructure project in as many months signed between the government of Chad and a Chinese firm following the US$7.5 billion agreement with China’s CCECC engineering company to build 1,344 km of railway in March.
“The project which would be funded by a loan to the government of Chad from Chinese government will help Chad, because of its geographic position, to become an African hub for flights to the Middle East and Asia,” Chad’s infrastructure minister Adoum Younousmi told journalists. Negotiations over the loan will start on April 28, Younousmi said.

The construction phase of the Djermaya airport will begin later this year and will include a 40 kilometre (25 mile) highway from the capital of the petroleum-producing state, to the airport, the minister said.

The project is expected to be completed by 2015.
“When completed, expected traffic will be about 1 million passengers per year,” Younousmi said.

The capital N’Djamena’s current airport, Hassan Djamous, is located near the centre of the city, which is growing rapidly.