Research on Cross-Border Transport infrastructure: Phase 3
- JAPANESE INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION AGENCY (JICA)
In 2003, the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) conducted the “Research on the Experience and Perspective of ODA on Infrastructure Development in the Developing Countries” in which the role of infrastructure was redefined and issues in infrastructure development for future JICA assistance were identified.
Based on this study’s results, two research studies were then conducted: (i) the “PPP (Public-Private Partnership) Project Study” in 2004 and (ii) the “Research on Program Management: Guide for the Application of P2M to JICA Activities”, from 2003 to 2005, with the aim of reducing the infrastructure gap and taking an integrated approach to infrastructure development. Since addressing cross-border infrastructure gaps was identified as one of the solutions to reducing infrastructure gaps, a Phase 1 research study on cross-border transport infrastructure was conducted from October 2005 to July 2006. It examined the progress of regionalization from a global perspective and summarized the major characteristics of cross-border transport infrastructure. JICA continued with a Phase 2 project, “Research on the Cross-Border Transportation Infrastructure: Targeting the GMS [the Greater Mekong Subregion of Southeast Asia]”, from November 2006 to December 2007, which examined current conditions, identified cross-border transport infrastructure issues, and assessed future directions for JICA assistance in this area.
As Phase 3 of this Cross-Border Transport Infrastructure research series, this study focused on Sub-Saharan Africa, a region where there is a great need to maintain and rehabilitate the cross-border infrastructure connecting ports and 15 landlocked countries. This study sets out the analyses undertaken in this study of cross-border transport infrastructure in Sub-Saharan Africa, including a focus on the systems and infrastructure in East Africa. Based on these analyses, future directions for the area are presented.
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