Rwandan Minister hold talks with Central Corridor Secretariat

CCTTFA Executive Secretary Capt. Dukundane handing over the Central Corridor Transport Observatory report to the Hon. Uwihanganye after brief talks in Dar es Salaam

Rwanda Minister of State in-charge of Transport from the Ministry of Infrastructure Hon. Jean De Dieu Uwihanganye, on Friday October 27th, 2017 held talks with the Central Corridor Transit Transport Facilitation Agency (CCTTFA) Executive Secretary, Capt. Dieudonne Dukundane on the status and way forward on implementation of key programmes and projects along the Central Corridor.

The meeting with Minister was also attended by Rwandan Ambassador to Tanzania His Excellence Eugene Segore Kayihura. The Minister, who attended the 1st Meeting of the Tripartite Sectorial Ministerial Committee on Infrastructure of the COMESA-EAC-SADC on 26th, October 2017, seized the opportunity to meet with CCTTFA in order to push for Central Corridor Development Agenda.

The CCTTFA ES Capt. Dukundane briefed the Minister on the milestones achieved last year, which included facilitating the DR Congo’s reduction of Visa fees for drivers from Tanzania and Uganda entering DRC, resources mobilization, facilitation of Bilateral Air Services Agreements (BASA) between member states and introduction of the capacity building project to train students at Dar es Salaam Maritime Institute.

Other issues discussed included:

  • Fast-tracking resource mobilization and implementation of Regional Electronic Cargo Tracking system (RECTS) along the Central Corridor;
  • Central Corridor Road Safety & Security Audit;
  • Development of Lake Kivu Navigation Charts & Installation of Navigation Aids. This is an important as Rwanda is building 3 ports on Lake Kivu and are expected to be operational by 2020.
  • Capacity Building of Central Corridor Member States Stakeholders’ in Maritime Sector where by 10 students from member countries are attending courses at Dar es Salaam Maritime Institute;
  • Capacity Building in Civil Aviation sector of which Rwanda has built its on Aviation College to train aviation experts including pilots

Hon. Minister Uwihanganye (centre) is being briefed by Capt. Dukundane (second left). Second right is Ambassador Kayihura. Others are TTFA staff Emmanuel (left) and Frank (right)

The Minister reiterated the importance of the Central Corridor and the need to have the above project implemented as swiftly as possible to facilitate safe and smooth transport and trade in the region.

The Minister also agreed to take pending issues at Ministerial level to fast-track implementation of the projects and programmes.