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Chinese Contractors Begin Work on One of the DR Congo’s Most Important Roadways

TWEET TRANSLATION: Start of rehabilitation works of Kinshasa -Batshamba RN1, 96 km long modernized by CJIC. We will do our best for this road (and) contribute to deepening Chinese friendship and cooperation with the DRC.

Chinese contractors in the Democratic Republic of the Congo kicked off an upgrade of National Route 1 (RN1), arguably the country’s most important highway. It begins in the capital Kinshasa in the far West and snakes 2,000+ kilometers to the southern hub of Lubumbashi.

The China Jiangxi company announced that it would be refurbishing only a small 96-kilometer portion of the highway from Kinshasa to Batshamba. The project is part of a larger $32 million agreement with two other Chinese contractors, Sinohydro and China First Highway Engineering Company, to upgrade different sections of RN1.

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