Abidjan’s Train Station to Be Built by Moroccan Company

A Moroccan company has won a tender to build Abidjan’s train station which will be a key landmark in Côte d’Ivoire’s capital.

The new station will be achieved at a total cost of 900 million dirhams ($92.7 million), said the Moroccan news outlet, hespress.com, citing an exclusive source that requested anonymity.

The new station will include several shops and recreational facilities as well as a hotel, said hespress, adding that the Ivorian government wants to emulate Casablanca’s train stations.

The new project will add momentum to bilateral relations between the two countries which are bound by an enduring political alliance.

In 2015, Morocco became the largest investor in Côte d’Ivoire supplanting France. Moroccan companies accounted for 22% of all companies operating in Côte d’Ivoire followed by French counterparts (16%).

Trade between the two countries grew in both value and volume. Over the 2009-2014 period, Morocco’s exports to Côte d’Ivoire increased by 300%.

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