This joint World Bank/UNCTAD review proposes ways and means to improve the competitiveness of a country's international trade by: increasing the quality and reducing the associated costs of international transport; and reducing any possible transaction cost, adapting commercial practices to international standards, and removing any unnecessary trade barriers within the economic, social, and political context of that country. This report is organized as follows: Chapter 1 of the review provides definitions and introduces some basic concepts and criteria.
The SSATP in its earlier years was driven by the desire of the donor community to see policy reform introduced in the interest of efficient use of donor funds. Now, as both the Bank and other donors increasingly work in a partnership mode with countries in project formulation (witnessed i.e. in the move towards SIPs), there is an emerging demand for the services of the program within the African countries.
The report comprises the proceedings from the 2003 Annual Meeting of the Sub-Saharan Africa Transport Policy Program (SSATP), and presents discussions held with stakeholders, towards moving SSATP's long-term strategic objective - the development of transport sector policies and strategies, that contribute fully to the national poverty reduction objectives, and to the promotion of regional economic integration.