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Issue 10

Septembre 2012

Issue 10

Message from the Program Manager

In the previous issue of the SSATP newsletter, I announced that SSATP had reached a turning point. I hope that the Program is on its way to manage successfully this turn and to reestablish itself not only as a recognized knowledge provider but also as a key partner of African stakeholders to promote policies in the transport sector. This newsletter showcases knowledge generated under the Program but also includes what I want to be a mainstay of the SSATP newsletter -- contributions from partners (African Development Bank, European Commission) and other stakeholders (CICOS- International Commission of the Congo-Oubangui-Sangha Basin). We hope you find it informative and useful.
I am also pleased to welcome the African Union Commission as a Board Member of the SSATP. This is a first step in better anchoring the Program in Africa and increasing its ownership by African stakeholders. South Sudan has also joined the program as its 37th member.
SSATP is organizing or participating in a number of events in October. Look at the list in the newsletter and at our website for updates. We will use these events to discuss the future of the Program. I look forward to meeting you during these events.

Jean-Noel Guillossou
SSATP Program Manager

Roads are not enough and why governance matters

Africa's transport networks efficiency increasingly lag behind those of other countries. Why would the delivering of a container from Tema Port in Ghana to Ouagadougou in Burkina Faso costs 7 times more than from Newark to Chicago, though an equal distance? ... This reality cannot be only attributed to inadequate infrastructure, it also reflects inefficiencies in governance...


Good road safety practices in Nigeria

The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) in Nigeria is one out of a few outstanding road safety enforcement agencies in Sub-Saharan Africa. The FRSC has considerable human and logistical resources, is well organized, and has a professional management. Statistics also indicate that the country has been able to achieve a downward trend in road fatalities, in spite of rising road traffic


Road safety for freight transport on the Central Corridor 

Trade facilitation along the main Sub-Saharan Africa corridors aims at reducing transport costs, delays and uncertainties in order to enable economic development through trade. However, one of the consequences of trade development is increased road traffic due to currently inadequate safety measures, which has contributed to more road accidents. The negative externalities of traffic growth have to be mitigated, particularly in regards to road safety, as road crashes impose a heavy burden on society -- a reduction of GDP estimated between 0.5% and 1.5% depending on prevailing country conditions...


Why Customs needs to control transit and how? 

Transit facilitation has undergone over the years several reform programs in Sub-Saharan Africa. Modernization has taken place with some real positive developments and corridor performance data is increasingly available. The time has come to really consider why transit needs regulation and how such regulation will be best applied for the purpose of legitimate control. In order to move the agenda for more efficient transit facilitation, the region may need to change the current mind-set on regulations and business practices on transit. This article suggests elements of reflection to guide a proposed change in approach.


An Observatory of non-physical barriers on the Bazzaville-Kinshasa-Bangui-Kisangani River Corridor

In 2010, the International Commission of the Congo-Oubangui-Sangha Basin (CICOS) requested funding from the SSATP to conduct a baseline study on the Brazzaville-Kinshasa-Bangui-Kisangani Corridor, with a view to establishing an observatory of non-physical barriers. CICOS is a subregional organization established in 1999 between the Republic of Cameroon, the Central African Republic, the Republic of Congo, and the Democratic Republic of Congo, after the signing of an agreement establishing a uniform river regime. This Agreement was intended to provide integrated management of the basin, optimal use of the existing navigable waterways, and a community of interest of the parties to the Agreement. Article 9 of this Agreement emphasizes that the States shall undertake to eliminate the non-physical barriers that could impede the smooth flow of river traffic.


Promoting good policies and practices for rural transport in Africa

The objective of the Rural Transport component of the SSATP is to advocate for the adoption of good policies and practices that effectively contribute to rural growth and poverty reduction. To that effect, SSATP has embarked on a desk review of available knowledge products to distill the key messages, identify existing gaps in knowledge products and practices, and subsequently propose ways to fill the gaps...


SSATP and Uganda renew long-standing partnership to further promote gender policy in transport

SSATP in partnership with Uganda is soon to launch a review of the implementation of the country’s national gender policy commitments in the transport sector with the objective of formulating recommendations for future action...


Promoting the domestic road construction sector in Africa 

The SSATP partner, the African Development Bank (AfDB), within its mandate to foster socio-economic development in Africa, has been working through various initiatives and programs to develop domestic industries in its member countries. These efforts being mainly focused on procurement rules and procedures, little noticeable progress were accompleshed in achieving the objective of promoting the industry. Within this context, the AfDB has commissioned a study to develop a strategy and operational guidelines which will help promote the domestic road construction industry in Africa...


Enhancing the quality of AfDB road projects

The African Development Bank launches a major study to assess the quality of its projects and formulate recommendations to ensure sustainability of future invetsments...


Carrying out a diagnostic study of railway concessions in Sub-Saharan Africa

The African Development Bank undertakes a comprehensive diagnostic to understanding the broader underlying constraints impending growth in the rail sector. The outcome of the study should lead to clearer and more coherent policy options as well as a sector program to outline improvement interventions.


RONET Training for Francophone and Anglophone African Countries

The SSATP work program includes promoting a wider application of the Road Network Evaluation Tools known as RONET to its member countries and the regional associations. Two training sessions were carried out in June 2012 for Francophone and Anglophone in Cotonou, Benin and in Arusha, Tanzania. 31 participants from 12 countries attended the training in Cotonou and 45 participants from nine countries were in Arusha.


SSATP Upcoming Events
SSATP will participate in the Annual transport and Logistics Workshop on September 25-28 in Walvis Bay, Namibia

The workshop is organized by the Walvis Bay Corridor Group in association with the Namibian-German Center for Logistics as part of their efforts to build capacity in regional transport logistics.
SSATP and GRSP hold a seminar on road safety in Lusaka, Zambia on 10-12 October

The seminar " Road safety in cities" is co-organized with the Zambia Road Transport Safety Agency, the Global Road Safety Partnership (GRSP) the SSATP and the World Bank.
Meeting of the REC-Transport Coordination Committee (REC-TCC) in Cotonou on October 15-19, facilitated by SSATP

The objectives of the meeting are to build from cooperation between donors, RECs and corridors revived in Mombasa with the earlier meeting which took place last March. The Abidjan-Lagos Corridor Organization (ALCO) will be the host.
SSATP Road Safety Program host the workshop 'Steps to the Five Pillars of Road Safety' in Addis Ababa on October 22-23

The workshop will focus on road safety management, establishment of agencies and development of results-oriented action plans. It is aimed at heads of road safety lead agencies and supporting development partners.
SSATP hosts a working session at CODATU XV in Addis on 23-25 October

CODATU, the Cooperation for urban mobility in the developing world is holding its fifteen conference in Africa, a first after ten years, with the theme “The role of urban mobility in (re) shaping cities”
SSATP urban Mobility and Accessibility Day on October 26 in Addis Ababa

At the conclusion of the CODATU conference, a working group with representative from SSATP member countries and the CODATU Scientific Committee will meet to get a common understanding of and consensus on the key policy issues for urban access and mobility in Africa, and to provide strategic directions for the development of an agenda for the SSATP Third Development Plan.
For more information related to the upcoming events, please visit the event page of the SSATP website.

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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To learn more, visit SSATP website:
• Message from the Program Manager
• Good road safety practice in Nigeria
• Road safety for freight transport on the Central Corridor
• Why Customs needs to control transit and how?
• Observatory of non-physical barriers
• Promoting good policies and practices for rural transport
• SSATP and Uganda further promote gender policy in transport
• RONET training in Tanzania and Benin
• Roads are not enough
• Domestic road construction sector in Africa
• Enhancing the quality of AfDB road projects
• Carrying out a diagnostic study of railway concessions in Africa
• SSATP upcoming events
• News in brief
• Latest Publications
News in Brief
AUC joins the SSATP Board

On August 7, 2012, Ms. Elham M.A. Ibrahim, commissioner for Infrastructure and Energy, African Union Commission, Accepted the invitation from the Chairman of the SSATP Board to join the Board of SSATP. This will strengthen the link between the Program and on-going continental initiatives such as the Programme for Infrastructure Development in Africa (PIDA). This also opens the door to the participation from North African countries to the Program.

South Sudan joins SSATP as 37th member

South Sudan plans to take the opportunity of its participation to the Program to strengthen its capacity for the preparation of its coming Transport Sector Development Program 2012-2020.
Sustainable corridor management institution workshop in Walvis Bay
The participants to the workshop shared experiences and good practices on corridor management. The event was hosted by the Ministry of Works and Transport of Namibia and chaired by Alan Kyerematen of UNECA. All participants confirmed the need to strengthen networking on good practices. The next opportunity will be the REC-TCC meeting in Cotonou, facilitated by SSATP.
Release of a new publication on rural transport by the Transport Research Board (TRB)
"The Promise of Rural Roads" as indicated by its subtitle is a review of the role of low-volume sealed roads in rural connectivity, poverty reduction, crisis management, and livability. Download 
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