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Issue 9

April 2012

Issue 9

Message from the Program Manager

The SSATP has reached a turning point. The year 2011 has seen a complete renewal of the governance of the Program with a new Board and a new Management Team. On the one hand, these changes have resulted momentarily in fewer activities and less visibility for the Program. On the other hand, they have provided the opportunity to initiate a new phase in the Second Development Plan of SSATP in tune with the developments in Africa and its transport sector (i) sustained economic growth; (ii) a new dynamic of development cooperation and financing; (iii) the strengthening of leadership in Regional Economic Communities; and (iv) the introduction of new initiatives, such as the Program for Infrastructure Development in Africa (PIDA), the Infrastructure Consortium for Africa, the Africa Infrastructure Knowledge Program, and the Decade of Action for Road Safety.

As presented later in the newsletter, the SSATP has been given three main strategic orientations for the completion of the Second and preparation of the Third Development Plan: (i) increase ownership of SSATP and its anchoring in Africa; (ii) align SSATP with PIDA and other recent initiatives; and (iii) make SSATP more demand driven. These orientations result from the recommendations of the mid-term review carried out recently in consultation with SSATP stakeholders and agreed during a retreat in Addis Ababa at end March 2012. They will strengthen the Program’s ability to achieve its mission of facilitating policy development and capacity building in the transport sector in Africa.

As new Program Manager of SSATP appointed on January 3, 2012, I am delighted to be part of these changes. SSATP stakeholders confirmed the relevance of SSATP during the mid-term review. The new strategic orientations will be translated into new ways of working with them through better integration in the institutional framework of the African transport sector, improved interaction and communication, greater focus on results and impacts, and increased attention to the demand.

While the changes will take some time to be fully implemented, the SSATP team is working hard to reflect the new strategic orientations in the Second Development Plan. Following the Regional Economic Communities Transport Coordination Committee Meeting and the SSATP National Coordinators workshop in Mombasa in end March 2012, this newsletter is a new step by which to reestablish contact with the SSATP stakeholders. The 2011 annual report just released provides the background and the vision behind the proposed changes. A new website is being developed which will present the tools for better integration of the SSATP community into the activities of the Program. A plan is being prepared to provide advocacy support to the African transport institutions in order to assist them in implementing the reforms required to respond to the challenges in the sector.

The SSATP team is available to work with you to meet these challenges. I will be glad to receive your feedback and suggestions on how SSATP should support transport policies development in Africa by sending an email at

I look forward to hearing from you and working closely with you to achieve the results the Program has been fostering.

Jean-Noel Guillossou
SSATP Program Manager

A new transport strategy for Burkina Faso

Burkina Faso has undertaken to update its transport sector strategy. This has been conceived to allow the sector to respond to institutional changes and to give a space for a coherent planning of the sector actions.... The objective is to put in place an integrated system of efficient transport infrastructures and services, taking into account accessibility and mobility needs of the population.


Developing a rural transport policy and strategy for growth & poverty reduction

SSATP and partners' initiatives for the development of rural transport policies and strategies in Sub-Saharan Africa started way back in the early 1990s under what was then the Rural Travel and Transport Policy Program (RTTP) ... In 2010, the SSATP and the World Bank did some analytical work which resulted in a framework paper on how rural transport can contribute to rural growth and poverty reduction in Sub-Saharan Africa.


Regional integration: Corridor monitoring for policy decision

Regional integration in Africa is constrained by high trading costs, resulting from a combination of challenges mixing hard (infrastructure related) and soft (trade and transport facilitation related) issues, aggravated by a complex political economy environment. To address these challenges, Regional Economic Communities (RECs) and countries have embarked on a comprehensive program laying the foundation for efficient transport...


Climate change: Building regional cooperation and strengthening institutions

Global climate change, resulting from higher greenhouse gas concentrations, is now evident from observations of increases in global average air and ocean temperatures, melting of glaciers, and rising sea levels. Africa will be the most vulnerable to the impact of climate change on ecosystems, water resources, desertification, floods and heat waves, due to lack of financial resources and capacity to mitigate and adapt. Consequently, climate change has the potential to reverse the hard earned sustainable development gains of the past decades, and the progress that has been made toward achieving the Millennium Development Goals.


Scaling-up efforts to address the road safety challenge

Stabilization and reduction of Africa's acute road safety problems can be achieved through development and implementation of focused, pragmatic, bold and cost-effective mitigation strategies. According to the World Health Organization data for 2009, the number of people killed in road traffic crashes is estimated each year at almost 1.3 million and the number injured could be as high as 50 million...


Benchmarking governance in the transport sector

Good governanceor its absence— has concerned transport sector policymakers and stakeholders for decades. The sector has a major contribution to make to poverty reduction and economic growth—and with this purpose billions of dollars have been spent on improving and rehabilitating transport infrastructure. Despite this considerable investment and much associated effort to build supportive technical, financial and management capability, sector performance continue to lag behind expectation. "Poor governance" is often cited as an underlying reason—the concept encompassing a range of shortcomings, from weak leadership to outright corruption.


Improving railway performance in Sub-Sahara Africa

The SSATP is reconnecting with rail transport by launching a study on railway performance in Sub-Saharan Africa, in order to prepare the framework for making further decision and implementing relevant policies. The study is intented to help in the design of policies for the railway sector as part of SSATP' s next development plan.


Removal of fuel subsidy in Nigeria

In early January 2012, the federal government of Nigeria announced the removal of the subsidy on Premium Motor Spirit (Petrol)... The removal of the subsidy is expected to generate a saving of Naira 1,134 Billion annually (approximately US$7 Billion)...


SSATP Main Events
Meeting of the Regional Economic Communities Transport Coordination Committee (REC-TCC)

The REC-TCC meeting was held in Mombasa, on March 26-29, with an attendance of over 80 participants representing RECs, corridor authorities, regional industry organizations and associations, and development partners from all parts of Sub-Sahara Africa. The meeting reviewed the latest developments in tools for performance monitoring, and their importance in the policy dialogue for the formulation of effective trade and transport facilitation strategies. The workshop covered permanent monitoring mechanisms, particularly the corridor transport observatories, in their dual role for monitoring and diagnosis, as well as more focused tools, to analyze specific bottlenecks, such as inland border crossing, road transport industry surveys, and time release studies.

Taking advantage of the participation of the main stakeholders involved in regional facilitation programs, a special session was organized to discuss the outline of a medium to long term regional facilitation action plan. The meeting agreed to continue exchanges on an agreed outline that will constitute an input in the definition of the future development plan of SSATP.

On the last day, additional representatives from East Africa joined the meeting to review the results of the monitoring of the border crossing delays on the main Northern Corridor land borders.

The related documentation will soon be available on the SSATP website.

Meeting of SSATP National Coordinators

The National Coordinators’ meeting was held in Mombasa, Kenya, on March 28 and 29, 2012 on the sideline of the Regional Economic Communities – Transport Coordination Committee (REC-TCC) meeting. This arrangement made it possible for the National Coordinators to participate in the initial sessions of the REC-TCC discussions. The meeting was organised with the assistance of the Permanent Secretariat of the Transit Transport Co-ordination Authority of the Northern Corridor and attended by 15 participants from the member countries. The main objective of the meeting was to reexamine the SSATP and its coordination function and to identify possible areas of focus in its future operations. To facilitate discussions, a number of presentations were made followed by break-out and plenary sessions. The presentations included: a review of SSATP’s strategic framework; an overview and highlights of SSATP’s Second Development Plan (DP2); country reports from Zambia, Uganda and Gabon; current status of Africa Transport and the opportunities for future developments; and the ongoing activities on Road Safety.

The National Coordinators were unanimous that SSATP’s current thematic content and approach were highly relevant but observed that perhaps too much emphasis had been placed on roads. There was therefore a need to consider addressing transport in its entirety with special emphasis on inter-modalism. They observed that SSATP’s engagement with governments at policy level needed up-scaling. It was suggested that a customized peer review process along the same principles as the Africa Peer Review Mechanism could be developed and adopted. Country coordination required rethinking with a view to addressing the well known deficiencies. In this regard, lessons could be learned from good practice examples of functional National Transport Policy Coordination Offices that are found in some countries such as Tanzania and Lesotho. It was further observed that SSATP needed to fully exploit its capacity building mandate in order to facilitate the uptake and management of policy reforms by member countries.

SSATP Mid-Term Review - Retreat in Addis Ababa

The mid-term review of SSATP was initiated in September 2011 with the objective of identifying actions to improve its performance and provide a framework for SSATP after completion of the on-going Second Development Plan. A retreat of the SSATP Constituent Assembly took place in Addis Ababa on March 31-April 1, 2012 to review the findings, conclusions and recommendations of the mid-term review consultants.
The participants confirmed the relevance of SSATP as an instrument to facilitate policy development and capacity building in the transport sector in Africa. Three main strategic orientations were agreed: (a) increase ownership of SSATP and anchoring of the Program in Africa; (b) align SSATP with the Program for Infrastructure Development in Africa (PIDA) and other recent initiatives; and (c) make SSATP more demand driven.
A plan of action is being designed with the following key milestones: (a) acceptance of the African Union Commission to become part of the SSATP Board (April 2012); (b) decision on the physical and institutional location of SSATP (June 2012); (c) decision on the new governance framework (December 2012); and (d) approval of the business plan for the third Development Plan(December 2013).

SSATP Annual Report 2011
A turning point for SSATP
This annual report departs from the format adopted in the previous years. It was decided instead to use the new changes which happened in the SSATP, a new Program Manager, the renewal of the members of SSATP Board and of the Management Team, as an opportunity for reflection and projection in its future development.
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Progress on commercialized road management in SSA
Until this wide-ranging study to assess progress on road management practices, no in-depth review of the performance of Road Authorities and Road Agencies has been carried out. Important lessons can be learnt from this work and notably that progress in commercialization of road management practices can only be described as "a road partially travelled".
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Gazing into the mirror II, performance contracts in Cameroon Customs
This second volume of Gazing into the Mirror presents the results of the bold and original reform process initiated in 2009 to modernize the Cameroon Customs Administration and to instill a radically new culture within it. The objective is to facilitate trade and fight against fraud and bad practices. At the heart of this process are performance contracts signed between the Director General of Custom (co-author of the book) and Customs officers.
Available in: French/English 
Emerging Good Practice in Overload Control in Eastern and Southern Africa
This third volume on overload control presents the case studies carried out in Namibia, Zambia, Zimbabwe, South Africa and Botswana. They all offer a different but complementary approach to tackle the problem of overload, ranging from cooperation in designing overload control system to private operation of weighbridges or decriminalization of overload control program. The other first two volumes are published on the SSATP website.
Available in: English

The SSATP is an international partnership to facilitate policy development and related capacity building in the transport sector in Sub-Saharan Africa. Sound policies lead to safe, reliable and cost-effective transport, freeing people to lift themselves out of poverty, and helping countries to compete internationally.

To learn more, visit SSATP website: www./
• Message from the Program Manager
• New transport strategy for Burkina Faso
• Rural transport for growth & poverty reduction
• Corridor monitoring for policy decision
• Climate change
• The road safety challenge
• Governance in the transport sector
• Rail performance in SSA
• Removal of fuel subsidy in Nigeria
• SSATP main events
• News in brief
• Latest Publications
News in Brief
New Chairman of the SSATP Board

Mr. Stephen N. Karingi, Director for the Regional Integration, Infrastructure & Trade Division in the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) has been appointed Chairman of the SSATP Board. He replaces Mr. Joseph Atta-Mensah from UNECA who has been promoted to a new position.

Sierra Leone updates its Transport Sector Strategy

The Transport Sector Strategy for Sierra Leone is being updated under the umbrella and methodology of the Pro-Growth, Pro-Poor Transport Strategies developed by SSATP. Resources from the Islamic Development Bank for Poverty Reduction Transport Strategy Reviews, together with IDA resources, will fund the preparation of the update.

A full-scale BRT scheme in Johannesburg
The latest SUTP (Sustainable Urban Transport Project) case study produced by GIZ which deals with the transition process from informal transit services to a full-scale BRT scheme in Johannesburg, South Africa, provides a rare and detailed insight in the complicated but successful negociations between the City and representatives of more than 300 individual minibus- taxi owners.

To access or download the documents go to the SUTP website.
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