Senegal begins construction of five new border checkpoints

Officials are hoping the stations will help consolidate, direct and manage border traffic.
Officials are hoping the stations will help consolidate, direct and manage border traffic. | File photo

The International Office of Migration Senegal has begun construction on a series of five border posts on its Mali and Mauritania boundaries.

The border stations are being paid for by the European Union as part of a $2.8 million program to unroll over the next 30 months. The project begins with an outpost in Dagana on the Senegal River. Officials are hoping the stations will help consolidate, direct and manage border traffic in areas where boundaries have been loose and fluid.

“We are helping build the capacity of Senegalese government institutions to improve border management and cross-border cooperation to better manage security and identify risks," IOM Project Manager Massimo Ramanzin said. "With this project, we hope to facilitate the free movement of people and goods, while enhancing the security of border regions in Mali, Mauritania and Senegal.”

The project will build two other posts in Podor and Kidira and repair border posts in Rosso and Diama.

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