The Congolese government is requesting from the African Development Bank (AfDB) funding of approximately 259,700,000 USD for the asphalting of National Road No. 17. This money will also make it possible to carry out certain related infrastructure works on the Mongata-Masiambio-Bandundu-Bendela section.
According to Freddy Mbuyamu Ilankir Matungulu, administrator at the African Development Bank (AfDB), the feasibility studies have been completed. This is now the funding programming stage. The former Congolese minister represents within this pan-African financial institution six countries of the Central African Group (Burundi, Cameroon, Congo-Brazzaville, the Central African Republic, the DRC, and Chad).
The Mongata-Masiambio-Bandundu-Bendela road axis (RN 17) is considered strategic. It liaises between Kinshasa and the provinces of Mai-Ndombe and Kwilu.
In its extension, this road axis connects the provinces of Mai-Ndombe and Equateur.
For context, the DRC has a road network of 152,400 km. 58,129 km of these roads are of general interest managed by the road office.