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 2017, the operational plan has been reviewed together with the local counterparts. In the first six months Cdp has been able to carry out a review of the operational plan in order to better define roles and responsibilities of players involved.
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. The first tranche received by Cdp has been used to review the status of the activites and define a work plan for the next years.