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Senegal in talks on rail investment to support iron ore mining

By David Whitehouse
Posted on Friday, 12 March 2021 18:11, updated on Saturday, 13 March 2021 02:34

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A rail overhaul would speed up disbribution of goods in Senegal. Here, trucks loaded with bags of rice are stuck in Dakar on April 30, 2020. REUTERS/Zohra Bensemra

Senegal is in talks with an unnamed partner aimed at securing investment in rail transport to support iron ore mining, Ousmane Cissé, head of Société des Mines du Sénégal (SOMISEN), tells The Africa Report.

The talks with the ministry of infrastructure are aimed at agreeing a public-private partnership, Cissé says from Dakar. Senegal wants to repair and extend the dilapidated railway line from Dakar to Bamako in Mali to connect with Tambacounda in eastern Senegal. This would connect to iron ore reserves in the region, Cissé says.