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Senegal secures $560M financing for new airport

Senegal has secured 406 million euros ($560 million) in long-term financing from several banks for the construction of a new airport, the government said on Sunday.

September 19, 2011 10:53 by

“A group of several banks has agreed to financing amounting to 406 million euros for the AIBD.SA (Aeroport Internationale Blaise Diagne),” according to a press release from the Ministry of International Cooperation.

Senegal is seeking to replace its existing airport just outside Dakar with a new one about 40 km (24 miles) outside the city, in part to ease traffic in the capital but also to boost capacity in an effort to become a regional hub.

The financing will come from the African Development Bank, the French Development Agency, the West African Development Bank, and other banks from South Africa, Canada and Saudi Arabia, according to the release.

The terms were not disclosed, and the release did not say when the project is expected to be completed. ($1 = 0.725 Euros) (Reporting by Diadie Ba; Writing by Richard Valdmanis)

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