Delegation of the European Union to the
UN and other international organisations in Geneva

Transport Governance

07/01/2019 - 15:26
Regional overview

The overall goal of the program is to contribute to the emergence of a regional system of long-term, efficient and safe road transport, factor of development, of stability and regional integration. The program shall contribute, based on the commitments taken at the level of ECOWAS for the free movement of goods and persons, to the decrease in the price of the inter-State road transport through the improvement of the road maintenance governance and the modernisation of the supply chain associated to the progressive liberalisation of the road transport activities within a regulated competitive framework, excluding the dumping and cartelization practices and moderating the social costs related to the necessary modernisation of the activity.

Specific objective:

The specific objective of the project is to develop institutional and regulatory capacities to continue strengthening the management capacities of Governments and agencies under supervision, to guide the implementation of administrative and technical aspects of transport facilitation, and improve maintenance of the regional network and its sustainability by the cessation of overloading. The project will also support road safety. The project will contributes to the emergence of a regional strategy to improve sectoral governance in road transport politically and economically realistic, common to ECOWAS and UEMOA, promoting harmonisation and synchronisation of national policies.


Expected Results:

  • The sustainability of the road investments;
  • The decrease in the prices of the Inter State road transport;   


Main Activities: 

  • The harmonised and synchronised implementation of the regulation 14 with respect to the control of overloading;
  • The harmonisation of the institutional systems with Directive 11 that recommends the use of the second generation road funds and the project management delegated for the carrying out of the maintenance works;
  • The coverage of the financial needs of the road maintenance by adjusting the levy rate imposed on the road users, mainly through the tax on petroleum products;
  • The improved programming of the road maintenance works through the support for the operation and updating of the customs databases and of multi-year programs that are actually implemented;
  • The implementation of the accountabilities of the road maintenance and transparency regarding the compliance with the technical specifications of the road maintenance works through the extensive use of road audits and the actual implementation of the statutory provisions in the event of failure.


Main Accomplishment to date:

  • EU Commission date of Decision was 28th Apr 2017; FAs signed by all on 15th June 2017.
  • Implementation not yet started: a Technical meeting to discuss implementation was held in Ouagadougou on 11th Oct 2017, with participants from ECOWAS, WAEMU and some Regional EUDs.
  • For the implementation of the National element in Nigeria, EUD has started discussions with DfID for a possible joint action (EUR 2MN for Nigeria) and meetings with local beneficiaries (Min of Public Works, FIRMA, Office of the VP) have been ongoing.
  • A joint ToR has been finalised and EUD is awaiting a letter from NAO approving the use of the fund for this purpose while also awaiting the draft Grant PAGODA from DfID.  



Source of funds:  11th EDF (CRIS ref.: FED/2016/039-218)

Total budget (EUR): 38M 

Implementation period:   60 months (from the FA signature ending on 15/06/2022)

Implementing Agency:  ECOWAS, WAEMU + National elements for all ECOWAS countries

Geographical Area:  West Africa

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