The main objectives of the Transport Policy and Planning program are to achieve and implement uniform transit transport policies and regulations by the member States; (ii) to enhance policy harmonization between NCTTCA and other regional organizations having similar mandates; (iii) to maintain a transport data-base to aid planning, policy formation, as well as monitoring and evaluation; and (iv) to integrate relevant cross-cutting issues in member States’ policies.
The above objectives contribute immensely to the realisation of the following three Strategic Objectives envisioned in the Northern Corridor 2012 -2016 Strategy;
- SO1: Harmonization and Streamlining of policies and legal framework for transport and trade facilitation
- SO4: Enhanced knowledge management and Capacity Building.
- SO5: Performance Monitoring and Evaluation.
The core responsibilities and duties of the Transport policy and planning program are aimed at;
- Assess the macro-economic trends of the Northern Corridor Member States in and their impact on the transport infrastructure in terms of rail and road capacity needed and advises member states on suitable strategies for enhancing their regional competitiveness in service provisions.
- Research and study the traffic systems within the Northern Corridor, Identify and study the non-physical obstacles and bottlenecks within the transport system and recommend their mitigation measure
- Undertake project identification, formulation, preparation of proposals for macro- economic programmes/projects evaluation and follow up tasks
- Design, develop and compile a data base on transport system performance monitoring along the Northern Corridor.
- Continuously study the comparative costs of transit transport along the different corridors and examines the efficiency of the transit transport system in order to reduce the transport costs to a minimum.
Key Highlights of the Program’s Output:
The key highlights of the envisaged outputs and achievements of the Transport Policy and Planning programme during the past and coming five years as is in the Northern Corridor 2012 -2016 strategy are;
- The implementation of the successfully reviewed and adopted Transport Policy Common Guideline- which sets out the framework for policy harmonization in all member States.
- Full ratification of the new Northern Corridor Transit Agreement and the domestication of all provisions, into national laws and regulations by the five member States
- Engage and enter into Cooperation agreements with more key partner Corridor Authorities, REC like EAC, ICGLR, UNECA, PMAESA etc and foster implementation where such agreements have been signed like SSATP and COMESA
- Northern corridor transport observatory (database) developed and key performance indicators or benchmarks were identified. Establish a sustainable data collection mechanism that includes automatic electronic interfaces and signing of data sharing agreements with a number of stakeholders; such are Revenue Authorities and Port Authorities.