Lomé, Togo: AFTRADE DMCC is pleased to announce that it has reached a deal with the Togolese Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport to supply 22 modern buses for passenger transportation to the capital city of Lomé. The buses, which are produced by the Minsk Automobile Plant, are specifically designed for the climatic conditions of the West African nation on the Gulf of Guinea.
“We are excited to have finalised an agreement to provide 22 commuter buses to Togo and hope to deliver them by the end of the year,” said Alexander Zingman, the head of AFTRADE DMCC. “These buses already operate in numerous countries on the African continent. They are resilient and long-lasting.”
The buses are modified for use in local conditions, with a high cross-country capability and electronic equipment kept to a minimum to allow easy repairs. In addition, spare parts stock will be provided to ensure continuous operation.
AFTRADE will work with its Togolese partner SOTRAL, which operates buses in the city of Lomé, to install an effective system for passengers to buy tickets. AFTRADE will cover the costs of training SOTRAL personnel in Lomé for the first six months.
Dr. Michel Komlan Tindano, the Director General of SOTRAL, hailed the addition of the 22 busses from AFTRADE, stressing that they will create employment and lead to further development of the passenger transport network.
“Over the past decade, Togo has undertaken various projects to modernise our infrastructure, including the construction and rehabilitation of roads, improving the port of Lomé and building a new airport terminal,” Mr. Tindano said. “With a capacity of carrying over 70 people each, the new buses from AFTRADE will be a welcome addition to our transport network.”
AFTRADE DMCC is the authorized dealer in the African market for most Belarussian manufacturers, including Lidagroprommash, Gomselmash, Bobruiskagromash, Minsk Automobile Plant, Minsk Tractor Works (MTZ), Belkommunmash, Lidselmash, Pozhsnab, Petersburg and Minsk Motor Plant.