• What is the Central Corridor
  • The Central Corridor is a multi-modal transport route, composed of road, railway and inland water ways linked to the member states.
  • The Central Corridor has only one border crossing between Tanzania and each member state.
  • The Central Corridor offers a short transport route from the Indian Ocean coast to the landlocked member states. (Rwanda, Burundi and DRC)
  • The Central Corridor crosses Tanzania to reach transit countries. Tanzania is one of the most peaceful and politically stable countries in Africa, minimising the risk to any goods being transported through the country.
  • The Central Corridor is links 4 landed locked countries of Burundi, DRC, Rwanda and Uganda to Dar es Salaam port through one border post.
  • What is the Central Corridor TTFA
  • The CCTTFA was established by an agreement signed in 2006 by the Republic of Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo, Republic of Rwanda, United Republic of Tanzania and Republic of Uganda.
  • The Central Corridor Transit Transport Facilitation Agency (CCTTFA) is an inter-governmental organisation established to promote secure, reliable and cost effective transport along the Corridor.
  • The CCTTFA drives cooperation among stakeholders to promote use of the Central Corridor for trade and movement of goods. This has a direct, positive impact on socio-economic development.
  • The CCTTFA works to reduce transport costs and ensure open competition by upgrading ports, railways and border posts along the Central Corridor.
  • The CCTTFA encourages the maintenance, upgrading, improvement and development of transport infrastructure along the Central Corridor.
  • What are some of the benefits brought about by CTTFA to its members
    • In the past three years, road blocks across the Central Corridor road routes have been reduced by 70%.
    • The Central Corridor has the best road network in the region:
    • Dar es Salaam to Rusumo – Kigali – Goma & Bukavu – 100% paved
    • Dar es Salaam to Kabanga/Kobero – Bujumbura- 90% paved
    • Dar es Salaam to Mutukula – Kampala- 90% paved
    • Dwell time at the Port of Dar es Salaam has decreased by over 40% in five years from 23 days in 2007 to an average of between 9-13 days, and continues to drop further still.
    • One Stop Border Posts at all major borders along the Central Corridor have been fully constructed ready for launching. Rusumo, Mutukula and Kabanga/Kobero.
    • Rusumo International Bridge has been reconstructed with JICA’s support and now it handled 8 times the capacity of the old bridge. It was launched in August 2014.
    • 3 One Stop Inspections Stations at Vigwaza, Manyoni and Nyakanazi are under construction along the Central Corridor and upon completion will see transit trucks stop only at the three stops for simultaneous inspection by through weigh bridges, customs and Police checks. Trucks will nolonger have to stop at over 30 stops for weighing, customs & police checks.
    • The Port of Dar es Salaam signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the World Bank, DFiD, and TMEA East Africa to improve and expand port facilities.
    • The development partners have committed over USD$500 million to improve the Port of Dar es Salaam, which serves all four landlocked member states.
    • USD$300 million has been approved by the World Bank to rehabilitate railway network across the Central Corridor.
  • How can the Central Corridor benefit the Development partners and International Organisations
      • Transport corridors like the Central Corridor help ensure efficient and cost-effective access to international markets.
      • Supporting the Central Corridor and its infrastructure will help improve socio-economic development across East Africa through improvement of the region’s transport and infrastructure sectors.
      • The CCTTFA’s objectives respond to broader national strategies and policies, complement relevant investments in other sectors, and develop new links with the private sector.
  • How does the CTTFA ensure harmonisation of transit charges (road toll) levied on the corridor between its members
      • The corridor carries transit consignments destined for Rwanda, Burundi, Uganda and parts of north-eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), such as Bukavu, Kivu and Goma through Rwanda.
      • There was an issue of un-harmonised road user charges between Tanzania, Burundi and Rwanda. Tanzania registered trucks used to pay 152 USD per trip whereas Rwanda and Burundi registered trucks used to pay 500 USD to Tanzania per trip. The CCTTFA facilitated through policy advice and advocacy to have the road user charges harmonised. Today, all transit trucks from all the three countries pay a harmonised rate of 152 USD per trip.