Turkish contractors in Africa, mainly in Senegal are in competition with the Chinese firms. Yapi Merkezi, the company which is known for having active participation in the construction industry, was selected in 2016 to build the railway project along with France's Eiffage and Senegal's CSE.
According to AA, the project will put the city center of Senegal's capital Dakar just 45 minutes away from the future Blaise-Diagne international airport. "Turkish contractors are being chosen mostly for doing fast and quality work.
The Regional Train Express (with the French acronym TER) project is being developed under a social and economic development plan launched by Senegal's government in 2014. The line is to have 14 stations along with a maximum speed of 160 kilometers per hour and estimated daily ridership of 115,000. The project began in 2017 and will conclude in 2019," the Chief Executive Officer of subcontractor Yapiray, Volkan Okur Yilmaz told Anadolu Agency.
The President of Senegal, Macky Sall will be present at the official grand opening ceremony of the project's first stage. According to Yilmaz, the overall project is worth €400 million in total and the materials are produced in Turkey.