CCTTFA is an inter-governmental agency and a Corridor Management Institution (CMI) created through the cooperation arrangements among the five states. It aims at accelerating the development of the Central Corridor and it is governed by the Central Corridor Transit Transport Facilitation Agreement signed by the respective Governments on the 2nd September, 2006.

The agency has a mandate to coordinate the Member States’ efforts in implementing the corridor’s agreement. Under this agreement, the mandate of CCTTFA is spelt out as follows:

a. To ensure that the Central Corridor is available to importers and exporters from landlocked states of Burundi, DRC, Rwanda, and Uganda as an efficient and economic addition to other trade routes, probably the most cost-effective.

b. To actively market the corridor with a view to encourage its increased utilization in order to improve international and domestic traffic levels.

c. To support planning and operations of the Corridor by Member States through proactive collection, processing and dissemination of traffic data, analysis of competitive corridors and business information.

d. To promote the sustained maintenance of infrastructure and encourage development of the Central Corridor and ensure that such development, in infrastructure and other supporting services, meet the current and anticipated requirements of the users.

e. To ensure that an open and competitive environment is maintained among corridors.

f. To facilitate mutually-beneficial business partnerships between Member-States.

g. To create a strategic, high-level partnership between senior government officials and business leaders.

h. To encourage the upgrading and development of port, rail, lake, road and border post infrastructure.

i. To encourage cost reduction associated with moving freight along the corridor.

j. To encourage the implementation of the on- going bilateral projects.

k. To encourage the implementation of road traffic standards and the implementation of national legal and regulatory harmonization.

l. To harmonize the existing bilateral transport agreements concluded between the corridor states.

m. To encourage the implementation of improved customs transit procedures and the implementation of joint customs controls and juxtaposed customs offices at land borders and seaports.

n. To improve services and facilities along the corridor to encourage commercial and tourist activity as well as increased transport efficiency and traffic.

o. To cooperate, where appropriate, with other regional bodies that share similar objectives.