Eastern and Central Transport Corridors

The Eastern & Central Africa Corridors focus on delivering an agreed set of activities that will

  • Enhance interconnectivity in transport through infrastructure development and trade facilitation

COMESA, EAC and SADC (known as the Tripartite) have determined that transport inefficiencies and prohibitively high transport costs are among the biggest impediments to realising their vision of regional prosperity and have prepared an Action Plan for these key trade routes of Eastern Africa.

In East Africa, the Northern and Central Transport Corridors connect the people of Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda.  These corridors also provide port access to the people of the Democratic Republic of Congo and southern Sudan.

Trade along the corridors has a positive impact on the region and many initiatives have been undertaken to improve corridor efficiency.  However, corridor performance is still hampered by high transport costs, degraded physical infrastructure and national policies that are incompatible with regional goals.

African Development Bank is the lead ICA Member for this programme and is working with RECs,  Regional Member Countries and Trademark East Africa to support delivery along the Eastern and Central Africa Corridors.

Key facts

  • Countries directly involved: Burundi, DRC, Kenya, Rwanda, South Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda
  • Priority projects have been identified, with costs totalling approximately US$1.8 billion:

    • 5 ports projects totalling US$990m
    • 4 railway projects totalling US$465m
    • 8 roads projects totalling US$377

Funding totalling US$1.2 billion has been identified for a number of the projects.  The remaining projects require funding totalling of over US$560 million.

Click here for more information on projects and funding opportunities: www.eastafricancorridors.org/projects

Challenges and way forward

An infrastructure investment conference is planned for end September 2011 in Nairobi, Kenya, to showcase priority projects and next steps.  Key challenges relate to improving systems, procedures and processes, which currently hinder unlocking infrastructure investments and trade improvements.  AfDB is working with ICA Members, the Regional Economic Communities, Regional Member Countries and Trademark East Africa to increase investments in regional infrastructure, as well as work on accompanying trade facilitation measures such as single window information portals, one-stop border posts and improving operational efficiency of key corridor choke points – Mombasa and Dar es Salam Ports.  Work is also ongoing to build capacity for certification and accreditation of freight forwarders and customs clearing agents. 

Key Contacts

For more information on projects, promoters and upcoming events, please contact:

EAC, Director Infrastructure, Philip Wambugu: wambugu@eachq.org

COMESA, Director Infrastructure, Amos Marawa:  amarawa@comesa.int 

AfDB, Ralph Olaye: r.olaye@afdb.org

TMEA, George Wolf: george.wolf@trademarkea.com

Other Useful links

EU Infrastructure Trust Fund Regional Project Preparation GIS:  www.itf-gis.net

Trademark East Africa: www.trademarkea.com/home/

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