Benin-Niger Proposed Regional Transport Compact

In 2018, MCC’s board selected Benin and Niger as eligible to develop regional compacts to allow the countries to work together to reduce poverty and build inclusive, sustainable economic growth throughout their region.

The border crossing along the transport corridor between the port of Cotonou in Benin and the capital city of Niamey, Niger is one of the busiest crossings in the region, with up to 1,000 vehicles crossing per day, a high percentage of which are trucks carrying goods to market. Strengthening and rehabilitating this corridor will allow goods to flow faster and more efficiently through the Port of Cotonou, reaching additional markets in the region and beyond.

The new MCC grants—jointly called the Benin-Niger Regional Transport Compact—will provide transformational investments to reduce transportation costs and improve customs operations through two projects: the Corridor Infrastructure (CI) Project and the Efficient Corridor Operations (ECO) Project.

Corridor Infrastructure (CI) Project

By improving 210 kilometers of roads in both countries, the CI Project aims to reduce vehicle operating costs and increase travel speeds, leading to faster and more efficient transit for goods between markets and along the transport corridor. The installation of road safety infrastructure is also expected to reduce road accidents and, in turn, reduce the risk of injury and death to road users.

Efficient Corridor Operations (ECO) Project

The ECO Project aims to improve freight and customs operations through institutional reforms that will reduce transit times on both sides of the border crossing, variability in border transit times, accident-related injuries and deaths, market inefficiencies, axle-overloading of freight trucks, and pollution along the transport corridor.

Milestones in Compact Development

Milestones in Compact Development
Milestone Date Description
CN on Intent to Sign Compact October 6, 2022

Congressional Notification of MCC’s Intent to Sign the proposed regional compact.

CN on Intent to Negotiate July 5, 2022

Congressional Notification of MCC’s Intent to Negotiate the proposed regional compact.

Eligibility Notification December 15, 2021

MCC’s Board of Directors reselected Benin and Niger as eligible for regional compacts.

Eligibility Notification December 16, 2020

MCC’s Board of Directors reselected Benin and Niger as eligible for regional compacts.

Eligibility Notification December 9, 2019

MCC’s Board of Directors reselected Benin and Niger as eligible for regional compacts.

Eligibility Notification December 12, 2018

Benin and Niger are selected by the MCC Board of Directors to develop regional compacts.

As of September 28, 2022