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Joint Communiqué of the 1st High Level Ministerial Consultative Meeting on the Development of the Central Corridor/Lake Tanganyika Integrated Transport System

Joint Communiqué of the 1st High Level Ministerial Consultative Meeting on the Development of the Central Corridor/Lake Tanganyika Integrated Transport System (LTITS), done in Kigoma, United Republic of Tanzania on 27th July, 2017.

The 1st High Level Ministerial Consultative Meeting on the Development of the Central Corridor/Lake Tanganyika Integrated Transport System was officially opened and chaired by Hon. Bagiire Aggrey Henry, Minister of State for Transport in the Ministry of Works and Transport, the Republic of Uganda.

The meeting was also attended by Hon. Prof. Makame M. Mbarawa, Minister of Works, Transport and Communication, United Republic of Tanzania; Hon. Eng. Jean Bosco Ntunzwenimana, the Minister of Transport, Public Works & Equipment; Hon. Ndahayo Isabelle, Minister at the Office of the President in Charge of EAC Affairs and Hon. Pelate Niyonkuru, Minister for Trade and Industry, Republic of Burundi; the EAC Secretary General, Hon. Amb. Liberat Mpfumukeko. The Democratic Republic of Congo was represented by Mrs Marie Ngandu Mbaya, in Charge of Stakeholders’ Engagement at the CEPCOR.

The meeting was also attended by Hon. Brig. Gen (RTD) Emmanuel Makanga, the Kigoma Regional Commissioner; Hon. Zito Zuberi Kabwe, MP, Kigoma Town Constituency; Hon. Peter Serukamba, MP, Kigoma North Constituency, United Republic of Tanzania; Hon. Juvenal Bigirimana, Gouvernor of Rumonge Province, Republic of Burundi; Lake Tanganyika Authority, the Private Sector Representatives from Tanzania, Burundi and DRC and the Development Partners, namely TMEA, AfDB and WB.

All delegations thanked the Government of the United Republic of Tanzania for hosting the meeting and for the hospitality extended to them.

The Honorable Ministers met in a warm and cordial atmosphere.

 The 1st High Level Ministerial Consultative Meeting:

  1. Received and endorsed the Report of the Experts on the Development of the Central Corridor/Lake Tanganyika Integrated Transport System: A Matrix of Key Action Points is attached as Annex 1.
  2. Received the Report on resources committed so far to implement the LTITS and commended the Member Countries and the Development Partners for the milestones reached.
  3. Directed the Central Corridor Secretariat to mobilise additional resources and coordinate with member countries, the Private Sector and the Development Partners to address the remaining gaps.
  4. Commended the Government of the United Republic of Tanzania for launching the construction of the Central Corridor SGR and committed to join efforts to extend the railway network to Burundi (Uvinza-Musongati) and to DRC.
  5. Noted additional progress made on the improvements of TPA Operations, the resumption of Tanzania Railways Services from Dar es Salaam to Kigoma and reiterated the need to increase the Bloc Train Services for DRC and Burundi destined Cargo.
  6. Directed that TPA, TRL, TRA and other relevant Institutions to come up with an Action Plan (by end of September 2017), in order to start Clearing Services for some DRC and Burundi destined cargo at Kigoma Port; and organize communication and marketing in DRC and Burundi on the benefits of such arrangements, by end of September 2017.
  7. Reiterated the need to improve Lake Tanganyika Ports and Transport Services and their intermodal linkages.
  8. Noted and Appreciated the efforts of all Developments Partners that continue to support the improvement of the Central Corridor Efficiency.
  9. Directed the Central Corridor Secretariat to establish and lead an M&E Framework with the key Stakeholders (Implementing Agencies, Private Sector and Development Partners) and provide Bi-Annual Reports on the progress made in implementing the Lake Tanganyika Integrated Transport System and invited the Development Partners to support this Framework.
  10. Hailed the coordination provided by the Central Corridor Secretariat in organizing the meeting and the support received from TMEA on the same.

Done and Signed on 27th July 2017, Kigoma, Tanzania:

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Hon. Bagiire Aggrey

Minister of State for Transport

Chair/CCTTFA Inter-State Council of Ministers

The Republic of Uganda

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Hon. Prof. Makame M. Mbarawa, 

Minister of Works, Transport and Communication

The United Republic of Tanzania

 

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Hon. Eng. Jean Bosco Ntunzwenimana,

Minister of Transport, Public Works & Equipment

The Republic of Burundi

 

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Capt. Dieudonne Dukundane

Executive Secretary,

Central Corridor Transit Transport Facilitation Agency

Chair of the Central Corridor Interstate Council of Ministers Hon. Aggrey Bagiire from Uganda (left) and CCTTFA Executive Secretary Capt. Dieudonne Dukundane (right) during the Ministerial Meeting in Kigoma on 27th July 2017.

CCTTFA Executive Secretary Capt. Dieudonne Dukundane (standing) welcoming delegates during the meeting

Delegates

Delegates

Chair of the Central Corridor Interstate Council of Ministers Hon. Aggrey Bagiire from Uganda (centre) delivering his opening remarks

East African Community Secretary General Liberat Mfumukeko also attended the Meeting

High table with Representative from DRC (left) followed by 2 Ministers from Burundi, Chair, ES CCTTFA, Minister from Tanzania, Minister from Burundi and EAC SG during the meeting on 27th July

CCTTFA Executive Secretary briefing Ministers during a closed session before commencement of the plenary session