Mayor Yvonne Aki-Sawyerr OBE: Sierra Leone Telegraph: July 11, 2022:
friday 8e July 2022 was another milestone in the process of designing, funding and implementing the Freetown Cable Car System, an innovative and sustainable transportation intervention captured in the #TransformFreetown Urban Mobility Cluster.
We are delighted to have secured funding for the full feasibility studies through a competitive process.
Freetown is one of 14 cities selected (out of applications from 86 cities) to receive a grant funded by the German, French and UK governments to be implemented by the C40Cities funding mechanism and GIZ.
The launch last Friday at the Freetown City Council Auditorium provided an opportunity to share with stakeholders the rationale behind the Freetown Cable Car System; how it will complement and interface with the Integrated Urban Mobility Project in Sierra Leone funded by the World Bank; technical aspects of the cable car system and its operations, including power source and security measures, and how the C40Cities Funding Facility team will use their experience and networks to help FCC structure the funding needed to make the Freetown cable car system viable.
We are pleased to welcome Marco Salm and Max Lohmann from C40Cities Finance Facility (who are based in Bonn, Germany) here in Freetown next week.
With Modupe Williams as the main FCC focal point, work on full feasibility studies begins in earnest this week and will be completed no later than March 2024.
Deputy Minister of Planning and Economic Development, Reverend Jonathan Titus Williams, German Ambassador to Sierra Leone Horst Gruner, GIZ Country Director Christian Widmann, World Bank Country Director, Resident Coordinator of the United Nations, the country director of JICA were present at the launch. , the FCDO Private Sector Lead and representatives of other MDAs.
Also in attendance were FCC advisors, the FCC Chief Administrator and other staff, members of the general public and school children from schools located along the proposed cable car routes.
Please click on this link (https://youtu.be/UnxUAdVGYrA) to the launch event video if you want to know more about the Freetown cable car system and what will happen over the next 20 months .
We look forward to the successful execution of the comprehensive feasibility studies for the Freetown cable car system with the collaboration of central government and other relevant stakeholders.