By Staff Reporter

This is the final communique of the workshop held in Johannesburg from 18-21 April 2023…

The Harmonisation of Regulatory Frameworks of Road Transport in Africa is a groundbreaking initiative that seeks to bring together African nations to discuss and implement cohesive and streamlined policies for road transport across the continent.
The workshop held at Birchwood Hotel in Johannesburg, South Africa, aims to foster economic development, improve road safety, and enhance the overall efficiency of road transportation in Africa by harmonizing and standardising regulations and promoting digitalisation in road transport across the continent.

Organised by the African Union Commission (AUC) in collaboration with the Transport and Transit Facilitation Programme (TTTFP), The workshop was attended by delegations from 41 AU Member States

and the Secretariats of the following RECs: East African Community (EAC) , Southern African Development Community (SADC), Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA), Economic Community of Western Africa (ECOWAS), Community of Sahel–Saharan States (CEN-SAD), Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) and representatives of the following institutions: African Union Development Agency (AUDA-NEPAD), Trans Kalahari Corridor Secretariat (TKCS), Northern Corridor Transit and Transport Coordination Authority (NCTTCA), Central Corridor Transport and Transit Facilitation Agency (CCTTFA), Walvis Bay Corridor Management Group, Tripartite Transport and Transit Facilitation Programme (TTTFP) Programme Management Unit, European Commission (EC), and the African Union Commission (AUC). The participants provided valuable insights into the unique challenges and opportunities associated with specific regional transport corridors in Africa. With joint support from the African Union and the European Union, this workshop highlighted ongoing efforts to support infrastructural development and improved transportation systems on the African continent.
By reviewing and assessing the current regulatory frameworks and the gaps between the frameworks, the workshop facilitated information sharing, study tour, and demonstrations of vehicle load management to identify gaps and areas for improvement. Furthermore, it has highlighted the importance of ICT systems as an integral part of the overall process to improve road transport. ICT introduces efficiency, limits opportunities for corruption and facilitate sharing of information between transport, logistics, and trade entities and operators.