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This programme is relevant for the Agenda 2030. It contributes primarily to the progressive achievement of SDG target 9 (built resilient infrastructure, promote sustainable industrialisation and foster industrialisation), but also promotes progress towards Goal "Develop quality, reliable, sustainable and resilient infrastructure, including regional and trans-border infrastructure, to support economic development and human well-being, with a focus on affordable and equitable access for all". This does not imply a commitment by the Member States of SADC, COMESA and EAC benefiting from this programme.

The overall strategic objective is “to facilitate the development of a more competitive, integrated and liberalised regional road transport market in the East and Southern African region.

The project purpose is to develop and implement harmonised road transport policies, laws, regulations and standards for efficient cross border road transport and transit networks, transport and logistics services, systems and procedures in the East and Southern African region.

The expected results are:

Result 1: EA-SA Vehicle Load Management Strategy Implemented;

Result 2: Harmonised EA-SA vehicle regulations and standards implemented;

Result 3: Preconditions for an operational EA-SA transport registers and information platform and system implemented;

Result 4: Efficiency of regional transport corridors improved.

Beneficiaries and Stakeholders

The principal beneficiaries and stakeholders are:

  • The three Tripartite Regional Economic Communities (RECs) (COMESA, EAC and SADC);
  • Public Sector- Ministries, regulatory agencies and government executing agencies responsible for transport policy and transport infrastructure development and other ministries involved in road transport, traffic and infrastructure;
  • Private Sector- Service providers such as cross border transporters and clearing and forwarding agencies, port and maritime authorities in the transport and logistics industry;
  • Public and Private sector industry associations and federations such as Association of SADC National Road Agencies (ASANRA), Federation of East and Southern Africa Road Transporter Associations, Federation of Clearing and Forwarding Associations of Southern Africa (FCFASA), Federation of East African Freight Forwarders (FEAFFA) and Port Management Association of East and Southern Africa (PMAESA), Corridor Management Institutions (CMIs).

Technical Assistance

The programme will provide Technical Assistance (TA) to member states to assist them to comply with the obligations of Chapter 5 (Road Transport) and Chapter 6 (Road Traffic) provisions of the SADC Protocol on Transport, Communications and Meteorology and the road transport laws, regulations, standards and systems developed under the Tripartite Transport and Transit Facilitation Programme.  The TA request procedures and TA Request Template to be completed can be found below.