Three commercial agreements signed with the Republic of Congo

Milan, 18 November 2016

The provision of a suitably equipped diagnostic train, specialist training for Congolese railway maintenance staff, and planning infrastructure and technology modernisation and upgrades for the Pointe Noire-Brazzaville railway line, the main line in the Congo.

These are the activities covered by commercial contracts worth €9 million with the Republic of Congo that were signed today in Milan by Jean Jacques Bouya, the Congo’s Minister of Spatial Planning and Major Projects, in the presence of Carlo Calenda, Minister of Economic Development.

The contracts also signed by Maurizio Gentile, CEO and Director General of RFI, and by Carlo Carganico, CEO and Director General of Italferr, will be ratified by the President of the Republic of Congo, Denis Sassou Nguesso.

The Italian Rail Network will support the Chemin de Fer Congo-Océan Company (CFCO), which runs the Congolese railway infrastructure, in developing the technical skills of maintenance staff and in monitoring the safety and quality standards of the rail network of this central African State.

On the other hand, Italferr will plan and supervise the modernisation and upgrade work for the railway line that links the port of Pointe Noire with the Congolese capital, the main transport link of this African country.

The commitment of the Italian Rail Network and Italferr in the Congo is another part of the cooperation between the FS Italiane Group and CFCO, launched in February 2015 with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding, in the presence of the Italian Prime Minister, Matteo Renzi, and the President of the Congo, Denis Sassou Nguesso.