The Fifteenth Annual Coordinating Committee for the Road Management Initiative (RMI) for the Sub-Saharan Africa Transport Policy Program (SSATP) was held in Saly, Senegal May 16-19, 2001. This was inclusive of the joint session in the morning of May 19 with the Rural Travel and Transport Program (RTTP) whose Meeting was held at the same location May 19-22, 2001. This report is divided into two parts.
Following extensive consultations with both public and private sector stakeholders, the Road Management Initiative (RMI) formerly known as Road Maintenance Initiative was launched in the late 1980.s as a component of the Sub-Saharan Africa Transport Policy Program (SSATP). This program was led by the Africa Region Infrastructure Department of the World Bank and the Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) in response to an increasing concern over deteriorating road infrastructure in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) despite substantial capital investments by governments and donors.
The review presents an overview of the road sector in the seven UDEAC countries and in the Democratic Republic of Congo. It examines the adequacy of the infrastructure services as well as the efforts to improve financing and management and, thus, the sustainability of service and efficiency. The Central African Republic and Chad are the two truly landlocked countries in the region. However, the Democratic Republic of Congo also faces many of the same problems because of its vast land area and the narrow outlet to the Atlantic Ocean in the west.
This document analyzes ways to improve rural mobilization, by providing means of transportation, and affordable services for rural populations in developing countries, who by and large, lack access to transport infrastructure, and services, aggravating socioeconomic development, and poverty conditions. Several factors hamper the development of transport mobilization, and influence promotion efforts, despite budgets supporting transports improvements.