The Bolloré commitment

As a player in the economic and social development of Africa, the Bolloré Group is launching an ambitious project that aims to ease the digital divide in Benin.
The Group’s aim is to develop a railway programme to link Cotonou to the new West African rail loop, but also to create, all along this new line, living spaces for the people of Benin to use.

Energy self-sufficient, lit, internet-connected and supplied with drinking water, these innovative spaces are intended to become development clusters for the people of Benin. They will be offered a continuous stream of free services so that they can learn trades, study, and shape a career.

These are just some of the possibilities which will help to improve the quality of life of local populations and help young people to achieve their potential. In order to offer reliable and functional living spaces, the Bolloré Group is using a completely innovative energy solution. In a country like Benin which is still lacking energy infrastructure, producing, storing and distributing electricity is a real challenge.

That is why the Group is developing an innovative energy system, the first of its kind in the world: thanks to LMP (Lithium Metal Polymer) storage batteries connected to solar panels, the Beninese business hubs will be constantly supplied, day and night, with clean, inexhaustible and free electricity. While these connected living spaces will offer future users the option to access new technologies, their appeal goes beyond mere entertainment.

Thanks to a series of partnerships with public bodies, charities, universities and a number of media organisations, these innovative spaces will be prime educational facilities destined to play a determining role in the future of young Beninese. This Bolloré Group initiative is a natural fit with the Group’s comprehensive development policy for Africa.

Every year for over 50 years, the Bolloré Group, driven by a long-term vision, has invested more than 200 billion CFA francs (€300m) in port, rail and logistics infrastructure.

At every step of the way in its future developments, the Bolloré Group will unlock every possible synergy between its activities in Bolloré Africa Logistics, Blue Solutions, and in the media and communications.