Presentata a Mipim 2017 una visione futuristica per la nuova Dakar, un progetto da 2 miliardi di dollari che risponde a una domanda reale del mercato e con il potere di attrarre sia gli investitori nazionali che internazionali e che riflette la visione di Senegal 2035.
Si tratta di un primo passo per il Senegal e l’Africa francofona, il progetto è di fondamentale importanza per sostenere la prosperità dell’Africa occidentale. ‘Diamniadio Lake City’ è il più grande progetto urbano crescita nel suo genere in Africa sub-sahariana e includerà un nuovo Central Business District (CBD) per Dakar.
Il progetto si inserisceo nel “Piano di sviluppo del Senegal” (PSE) ed è la soluzione del Paese per una serie di fattori stimolanti tra cui lo sviluppo economico sostenibile, gli investimenti verso l’interno, la capitalizzazione sulle sue industrie, la crescita della popolazione, l’aumento dell’occupazione – la fase di costruzione da sola immediatamente determina la creazione di 45.000 posti di lavoro, e contribuisce a migliorare l’istruzione, così come aiuta gli sforzi in corso a Dakar per distribuire meglio il trasporto e la connettività, alleviando l’attuale congestione.
Presentato come un concetto utopistico della città, ‘Diamniadio Lake City’ sarà divisa in tre zone, tra cui nuova zona di Dakar per affari con edifici certificati LEED, un quartiere residenziale di fascia alta, ma anche spazi commerciali di lusso, per l’intrattenimento e il tempo libero, tutto puntando alle più recenti tecnologie per l’energia rinnovabile e ai materiali da costruzione eco-compatibili.
Taking influence from the beautiful natural formations found in Senegal, the striking flow of architecture has sustainability at its core and portrays some of the most impressively designed buildings yet in Africa. The new city within the existing city of Diamniadio will also focus on lifestyle and recreation with particular use of landscaped outdoor space naturally rendered masterplan centered by a beautiful idyllic lake.
SEMER Vice-Chairman and CEO Mr Diène Marcel Diagne comments on the driving principles behind Dakar’s ‘Diamniadio Lake City’ project, “Since independence from France in 1960, Senegal has strived to compete on an international scale but many socio-economic challenges faced the country. Through continual improvements over the last five decades in areas of democracy, political change, humanitarian efforts in welfare and economic growth, the country has been successful on many levels, but relentlessly both government and private businesses continue to strive for better.”
“Today, Senegal faces unrivalled prosperity in West Africa and ‘Diamniadio Lake City’ will act as a platform for not just Dakar to flourish, but Senegal and neighbouring Sub-Saharan countries. Recent discovery of oil and gas off the west coast and avoidance of global commodity price decline in recent years due to lack of export trade, means Senegal’s economic outlook is extremely positive.”
“SEMER is developing ‘Diamniadio Lake City’ to reflect these strong economic fundamentals whilst capitalising on the influx of international inward investment. Many countries including USA, China, France and UK are investing into infrastructure, resources, housing, logistics and manufacturing. This demonstrates that Senegal has long-term economic appeal and in turn will create job opportunities, new accommodation and increase investment into educating a skilled and semi-skilled population. ‘Diamniadio Lake City’ will be a new world-class financial district supported with international retail, entertainment and leisure never before seen in West Africa”, concludes Mr. Diagne.
Centrally-located to take full advantage of all current and future infrastructure, ‘Diamniadio Lake City’ is located 30km east of Dakar on the National Route 1 (N1) motorway and 2km north of the expanding seaport of Bargny, which is currently constructing one of the largest multicommodity mineral ports in West Africa. The site also benefits from close proximity to Dakar’s new second international airport ‘Biaise Diagne de Diass’ due for completion in 2017, and will be serviced by it’s own train station, providing fast links to Dakar’s current business district, suburbs, airport and surrounding cities.
The masterplan project is a 57 hectare site that makes up part of a wider ‘Diamniadio Pole’, a 1,644 hectare development zone supported by the African Development Bank that includes the new United Nations African Headquarters due for completion in 2019 and Senegal’s largest events venue the Abdou Diouf International Conference Centre, which opened in 2015 and now the fifth most popular conference destination in Africa. It will also host a second University of Dakar, government institutions and new emergency hospital.
The wider development zone will also include accommodation for 350,000 inhabitants and facilities for technical, research and innovation in the sectors of agriculture, logistics, industrial and healthcare.
Highlighting Senegal’s growing reputation and economic prosperity, the country is now ranked No.81 in Forbes 2016, ‘Best Countries For Business’ ahead of BRIC members India No.85, Brazil No.91 and China No.102. Senegal is very much open for business and the landmark ‘Diamniadio Lake City’ offers many great opportunities for investors, occupiers, operators and brands from all over the world.