Tripartite Transport & Transit Facilitation Programme

Tripartite Transport &
Transit Facilitation Programme

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The lack of an integrated and liberalised road transport market in the East and Southern African (EA-SA) region poses numerous obstacles to trade by causing severe delays and increased transport costs, as well as challenges to road safety and durability. This programme (which builds on previous actions) addresses these challenges through the implementation of harmonised road transport policies, laws, regulations, systems and standards that affect drivers, loads, vehicles and road infrastructure in the countries of the EA-SA region.

Strategic Objective

The overall strategic objective is to facilitate the development of a more competitive integrated and liberalised regional road transport market in the EA-SA region.

Project Purpose

To develop and implement harmonised road transport policies, laws, regulations and standards for efficient cross border road transport and transit networks, transport and logistics services, systems and procedures in the EA-SA region

Key Result Areas

Harmonised Vehicle Load Management

Harmonised Vehicle Regulations and Standards

Integrated Transport Registers and Information Platform and System

Efficiency of Regional Transport Corridors

Priority Areas For Support / Problem Analysis


Develop legal/policy framework/guidelines to improve Member States’ implementation of Regional Economic Community (REC) obligations and support the domestication of regional agreement.


Capacity development at the level of the Member States through strengthening the member states’ ministries responsible for transport and transport sector regulation.


Strengthen REC Secretariats in order to enhance Inter REC coordination and the management of the Tripartite Programme.


Improve the alignment between regional and national development priorities in order to ensure that regional projects are prioritised in national development plans and receive required counterpart funding.

Principal Stakeholders

Private Partners

  • Association of SADC National Road Agencies (ASANRA)
  • Federation of East and Southern Africa Road Transporter Associations,
  • Federation of Clearing and Forwarding Associations of Southern Africa
  • Federation of East African Freight Forwarders (FEAFFA)
  • Port Management Association of East and Southern Africa (PMAESA)
  • Corridor Management Institutions (CMIs) and associations of cross-borders
    informal traders

Member States

  • Republic of Angola
  • Republic of Botswana
  • Republic of Burundi
  • Democratic Republic of the Congo
  • Republic of Djibouti
  • State of Eritrea
  • Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia
  • Republic of Kenya

15 more member states…

Tripartitie Regional Economic Communities

  • Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA)
  • East African Community (EAC)
  • Southern African Development Community (SADC)

Subsidiary Regional Organisations

  • Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD)
  • Indian Ocean Commission (IOC)

Project Phases

Phase 1: This Inception Phase

Phase 2: Implementation Phase

  • Stage 1: Establish Statutory Basis
  • Stage 2: Institutional Capacity and Development of Systems
  • Stage 3: Project Implementation of Systems
  • Stage 4: Pilot Execution, Monitoring, Evaluation and Roll-out Strategy

Phase 3: Finalisation Phase

A Program funded by the European Union from the 11th EDF