Drafting and Validation of Protocols for the Central Corridor

Burundi, Congo, Democratic Republic of, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda Regional Integration Activities

The Corridor Management component focuses on facilitation and transit improvement along corridors, through several corridor-based activities related to the redrafting of the Northern Corridor Transit Agreement and the establishment of the North South Corridor Agreement. To implement the Central Corridor Treaty for the facilitation of transit through the port of Dar Es Salaam to the landlocked East Africa, the Central Corridor Transit Transport Facilitation Agency (CCTTFA), comprising Tanzania, Rwanda, Burundi, Uganda and DR Congo, was established on September 2, 2006. The Agreement finally entered into force (after ratification) in November 2008.

The next steps were to draft all sub-sector-specific Protocols, and convene the following events:

  • a validation workshop in each member country to review, adjust and finalize the protocols
  • a regional validation workshop to review and confirm the final versions
  • a meeting of the CCTTFA Board to consider the draft protocols and the amendments to the Agreement and effect any necessary adjustments
  • a meeting of the Council of Ministers, to consider the draft protocols and proposed amendments to the Agreement and adopt them.

All national validation workshops took place in the first quarter of 2013 as well as the regional validation workshop and the CCTTFA Board Meeting. The next step is the validation of the protocols by the CCTTFA Council of Ministers.