Abidjan-Lagos Trade and Transport Trade Facilitation Project

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Thursday, 23rd May 2013

 

 

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ABIDJAN-LAGOS TRADE AND TRANSPORT FACILITATION PROJECT (ALTTFP)

The sector of transport and trade plays a crucial role in the development policy adopted by the Governments of the countries of the Abidjan-Lagos corridor. Government policy, being an important element of the development of the countries and the competitiveness of their economy, aims at facilitating trade, improving the functioning of the transport sector by establishing a healthy competition between means, modes and transport business and improving road infrastructure through a good management and coordination.

The implementation of the Abidjan-Lagos Trade and Transport Facilitation Project (ALTTFP) is expected to be a regional integration tool capable of creating synergies and monitoring all actions in view of a free movement of transport and trade on this corridor.

After two years of implementation, the Executive Secretariat of ALCO in charge of the monitoring and evaluation of this ambitious Project has elaborated the year two report which is a digest of all of the current, cyclical information and measurable on the performance indicators of the Abidjan-Lagos Corridor Organization (ALCO) whose variation is sensitive over a short period. This report presents the results of data collection on the performance indicators of the project from July 2011 to June 2012.

Taking into account the results obtained will contribute to the optimization of achievements, the improvement of strategies to accelerate the attainment of the project’s objectives which will lead to the realization of the governments’ option for the reduction of barriers to trade and transport in the ports, and on the Abidjan-Lagos corridor borders and routes.

PROJECT INDICATORS:

Some important indicators or outcomes of the project are highlighted below:-

PORT DWELL TIMES:

 

The goods dwell time at Lomé and Abidjan ports decreased while it has increased at Cotonou and Apapa ports compared to the figures recorded in year 1. Only Abidjan and Lomé Ports have achieved the objectives set for Year 2. 

BORDER CROSSING TIMES:

Border crossing times are lower than the figures recorded in year 1 for the Aflao-Kodjoviakopé, Kodjoviakopé-Aflao borders while these times are higher than those recorded at the other borders for the same period except at Noe-Elubo where practically the same trend is kept. 

ROADS:

1. Number of Checkpoints:

2. Number of Checkpoints per 100 km:

The number of checkpoints per 100 km set at 3 for all the countries is respected by Togo. Other countries (Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, Benin, and Nigeria) have higher numbers.

3. Percentage of roads in good and fair condition:

This indicator requires a study that will be conducted by a newly appointed consultant.

However, ALCO conducts a visual inspection mission of the road from Abidjan to Lagos on a regular basis.

Thus, the results of the recent inspection of the condition of the road from Abidjan to Lagos in June 2012 emphasized that 81,91% of the corridor’s road from Abidjan to Lagos is in good and acceptable condition and represents 818,1 km against 79,21% in 2011 (805,4 km); the rest, that is 18.09% of the corridor represents 180.7 km and is classified as bad.

4. Number of kliometers of roads rehabilitated:

This indicator is not filled in for the year 2 report because of the delay by the countries in the start of work funded by the World Bank as part of the ALTTFP.

HIV/AIDS:

5. Percentage of truckers familiar with at least two means of HIV/AIDS prevention has increased:

It is expected that an increase of this indicator from 80% to 83% will be registered in year 2. To improve the level of knowledge on the means of HIV prevention, 630 057 truckers, their apprentices and populations of the Ports and borders of the Abidjan-Lagos Corridor including 371 291 women are sensitized in year 2.

Graph 1: Distribution of people reached by awareness activities per sex from July 2011 to June 2012

The HIV Second Generation Surveillance Survey (SGSS) at mid-term is in preparation and will inform this performance indicator. The survey will be conducted by 2013 as planned in the PAD.

6. Percentage of truckers reporting the use of condoms with a casual partner increased:

This indicator is expected to increase from 72% to 75% in year 2. In this context, the correct use of condoms was promoted and 1 315 452 condoms distributed.

Graph 2: Distribution of number of condoms distributed from July 2011 to June 2012

The Performance Indicator about increase in the use of condom during the last sexual intercourse with a casual partner will be also considered by the HIV Second Generation Surveillance Survey at mid-term that will take place in 2013.

In addition to awareness activities, in year 2:

  • o 160 members (125 men and 35 women) of the HIV Focal Units of the Ports, Ministries of Transport and Public Works and goods transport companies from Côte d'Ivoire, Ghana, Togo, Benin and Nigeria, were trained in IEC/BCC techniques;
  • 138 peer educators (114 men and 24 women) were trained for the animation of awareness activities;
  • the Ports of Abidjan, Tema, Lomé, Cotonou and Apapa were provided  TV, DVD players and condoms for animating of awareness activities; the simplified manual of health care waste management was disseminated

7. Direct beneficiaries of the project (number), including (%) of women:

The number of women who are direct beneficiaries of the project in year 2 is 371 652 against 3 000 000 planned. This poor performance is due to the delay in the construction of roads. Most of the affected beneficiaries have been through the HIV component (371 350 women).

CONCLUSION

One of the major findings at the end of two years of implementation is the delay observed in the countries in the implementation of the activities and measures for the achievement of the objectives. Because of this, most of the indicators are below the expected results. This situation deserves vigorous and concerted efforts of the various stakeholders. The dissemination of this report to all stakeholders and the strong advocacy conduct towards the high authorities of the five countries and the effective implementation of its recommendations will give a new impetus to the actions to be carried out to achieve the objectives.

The real involvement of the various administrations and other stakeholders in the regular collection of data will serve as a basis for sustainability for the establishment of a data bank required for decision-making.  More strong involvement of the NFC is also expected to reduce the various forms of barriers to the development of trade and transport in the Abidjan-Lagos corridor.

The various stakeholders in the implementation of the ALTTFP are to invest more in the ongoing reforms for a substantial and sustained improvement of the performance indicators.

 

* Source of information : ALCO (Abidjan-Lagos Corridor Observatory).

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