Gambia-Senegal bridge now open

The ‘Senegambia Bridge’, connecting the West African countries of Gambia and Senegal has officially been opened. Senegalese President Macky Sall and Gambian President Adama Barrow inaugurated the bridge that will play an important part in promoting trade in the region. 

AfricaNews reports that opening the bridge will enable travel from the north of Senegal to its southern region of Casamance, a tourist and agricultural region whose development has been hampered by its geographic isolation from the rest of the country. The bridge helps avoid a detour of some 400km. 

The bridge, a light concrete structure more than a kilometre long, is located in Gambian territory. It crosses the Gambia River, that divides the countries. Construction of the bridge began in 2015. 

The bridge is a vital economic and strategic link connecting the north and south banks of the Gambia River as well as The Gambia, Senegal and other countries in the sub-region. 

The opening illustrates the improved relationships between Gambia and Senegal, that previously had many differences over transportation, fishing and borders. 

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