The Northern Corridor, a multi-modal transport system which includes the Port of Mombasa, roads, railways, pipeline, inland waterways, border stations, weighbridges, transit parking yards and inland container depots designated by the Member States, links the landlocked countries of Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Rwanda, South Sudan and Uganda to the sea port of Mombasa-Kenya.
On the 17th of April, 2018, The Northern Corridor Transit Transport Route was boosted with US$1.05m from Trademark East Africa to enable “The Northern Corridor Transport Observatory” collect and analyze data related to transport of goods and persons through.
"The Northern Corridor Transport Observatory is a performance monitoring tool with an online portal to track and monitor the performance of the Northern Corridor. The observatory has three components namely the main observatory, the GIS component, and the northern corridor performance dashboard."
The three year (2018 - 2021) agreement extension was signed by NCTTCA acting executive Secretary, Fred Tumwebaze and Ahmed Farah, country director, Kenya, TradeMark East Africa.
NCTTCA stands for Northern Corridor Transit and Transport Coordination Authority. The Northern Corridor Transit and Transport Agreement (NCTTA) is a treaty coupled with 11 protocols signed in 1985 and revised in 2007 for regional cooperation with a view of facilitating interstate and transit trade, between the Member States of Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo, Kenya, Rwanda, and Uganda. South Sudan acceded to the Agreement later in 2012.
NCTTCA oversees the corridor monitoring framework known as Northern Corridor Transport Observatory, which is a performance monitoring tool that informs interventions geared towards reducing costs and delays of transportation and other related logistics challenges.
According to Ahmed Farah, the country director, Kenya at TradeMark East Africa (TMEA), He said: “The money will be channeled from TMEA through NCTTCA.”
With the new financing, the Authority will improve monitoring of the Northern Corridor performance with regards to movement of people and goods.
Through the same funding, the authority is to adopt modern technologies, including mobile based and online systems to enhance its capability to monitor trade and transport flows, bottlenecks and impact of interventions.
Information from TradeMark East Africa indicates that data collected will support evidence-based advocacy and decision-making, resulting to fit for purpose interventions in reducing costs and time along the Northern Transport corridor.
Tumwebaze added that NCTTCA collects data from over 20 stakeholders in all the member countries with the main contributors being these countries revenue authorities, roads authorities, ports, railway authorities, transport associations and transporters and private sector institutions closely affiliated to trade and transport.
In conclusion, like they say, with correct data, one will always know what, where, how, and when to do the right thing for the right impact. Collected and analyzed Data will continue to support evidence-based policy formulation, advocacy and decision making in the Northern Corridor Member States.
By Joseph Semuju
Community Manager - AMO
African Mobilities Observatory - AMO, MICHELIN.