The Central Corridor Transit Transport Facilitation Agency (TTFA) is a multilateral Agency established on 2nd September, 2006, formed by an Agreement by the five Governments of the Republic of Burundi, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), The Republic of Rwanda, The United Republic of Tanzania and the Republic of Uganda.
The TTFA was formed in recognition of the right of landlocked countries (LLC) to transit trade as declared under specific United Nations General Assembly Resolution 56/180 on particular needs of Landlocked Developing Countries from which other declarations and action programmes evolved.
Through co-operation amongst private and public sector stakeholders the TTFA is charged with the promotion of transport utilisation of the Central Corridor, encouraging the maintenance, upgrading, improvement and development of infrastructure and supporting service facilities at port, rail, lake, road border posts and along the route to meet user requirements, ensure open competition and reduce the costs of transit transport for land-locked Member States.
The TTFA Vision :
Central Corridor – Trade Route of Choice .
The TTFA Mission :
“To Facilitate Provision of Efficient Corridor Infrastructure and Services”
In order to further the Mission, TTFA has to ensure:
- the sustained availability of the Central Corridor
- the reliability of the corridor infrastructure and its services
- the competitiveness of the costs involved in using the Corridor
- co-ordination and harmonisation of procedures for ease of use,
- minimisation of delays, and
- the predictability of costs and times
Mandate and Objectives
There are four overall purposes set out in the Agreement by the five contracting countries that are essentially the policy for the Central Corridor, namely:
- To promote the use of the Central Corridor
- To grant each other the right of transit in order to facilitate movement of goods through their respective territories and to provide all possible facilities for traffic in transit between them
- To take all necessary measures for the expeditious movement of traffic and for the avoidance of unnecessary delays in the movement of goods in transit through their territories
- To strategically position the Central corridor as the most efficient in East and Central Africa so as to contribute positively to poverty alleviation programmes in member states