ALGIERS- Minister of Maghreb Affairs, African Union and the Arab League Abdelkader Messahel announced that the Algiers-Lagos Trans-Saharan road will be operational in 2018.
“The trans-Saharan road is important and strategic because it promotes partnership between Africans,” infrastructure being the foundation of any economic exchange, Messahel told the national television’s "Hiwar Essaâ" show, broadcasted Sunday evening.
For this reason, he said, “the Algerian approach gave priority to the Trans-Saharan which will open next year on the Algiers-Lagos section via Niger.”
With our weight and our potentialities as Algerians, we reached the borders with Niger and even further, with the Algiers-Lagos road link, which 4600-km long,” added the minister, stressing that “there is only 220 kilometres left on the Niger territory.”
He also broached “the launching of another road from Chad, which will be connected to the Tran-Saharan in Niger and which is currently at 34-km from the Niger borders, which will allow the opening of the road to the centre of Africa,” he said.