MCC Opens RN6: a Gift from the American People

Ambassador James Zumwalt and Minister of Infrastructure Mansour Elimane Kane open the RN6 (Photo U.S. Embassy)
Ambassador James Zumwalt and Minister of Infrastructure Mansour Elimane Kane open the RN6 (Photo U.S. Embassy)

U.S. Ambassador to Senegal James Zumwalt on Thursday, November 12, inaugurated “Lots 3” of the National Route 6.   Accompanied by the Minister of Infrastructure Mansour Elimane Kane, the ceremony brought together local administrators, Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) representatives, development partners, and the citizens of Diaobe (not far from Kolda).  The 64-km Kolda-Dabo and Diaobé-Kabendou portions of the road were financed by MCC and the American people.

In his remarks, Ambassador Zumwalt congratulated the modernization of the portion of the RN6 noting that “it will open the region to economic prosperity, reduce travel time and stimulate economic opportunities for farmers and merchants in the Casamance.”  The road is currently used by many communities as a market for commerce.

MCC opens the RN6 (Photo U.S. Embassy)
MCC opens the RN6 (Photo U.S. Embassy)

The renovation of the 250 km road, some portions which will be completed by the Government of Senegal, will constitute a significant portion of the $540 million MCC Compact with Senegal.