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Just why it costs so much in West Africa to move goods and people remains something of a mystery. Trade Hub reports and other experts’ studies suggest that costs are high because there is not enough competition in the trucking sector. Road harassment – corruption and delays along important transport corridors – is also a factor.

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Corridor reports present detailed information on road governance
Joe Lamport - on - 5 November, 2013

Trucking is arguably West Africa's most important type of commercial transport - as much as 80% of goods are moved by truck across the region. Transport governance refers to the rules and their enforcement to facilitate the movement of trucks in West Africa. In 2006, the USAID Trade Hub and...

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Transport and logistics shows significant improvement on the Tema-Ouagadougou-Bamako corridor
Joe Lamport - on - 31 July, 2013

A new USAID Trade Hub study shows that transport and logistics efficiency has improved significantly along one of West Africa's primary trade corridors.

From the executive summary:

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Bribery declines again in Cote d'Ivoire: 19th USAID-UEMOA road governance report
Joe Lamport - on - 21 September, 2012

Here's the executive summary of the 19th report of the USAID-UEMOA road governance initiative, which monitors checkpoints, bribes and delays on primary trade corridors in Benin, Burkina Faso, Côte d'Ivoire, Ghana, Mali, Niger, Senegal and Togo.

Côte d’Ivoire follows...

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Borderless Conference 2013 & 2014: Call for Proposals!
Bright Gowonu - on - 6 July, 2012

The Borderless Alliance Secretariat announces a call for proposals to host the 2013 annual Borderless Conference. Borderless Conference 2013 will be the second transport and trade annual conference in West Africa, and will bring together more than 300 stakeholders from around the world to...

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Road governance methodology is producing valid, reliable results
Christophe Bruyas - on - 23 December, 2011
At a recent Borderless road show in Kaffrine, Senegal, stakeholders raised questions about the methodology used to collect and report data on checkpoints, bribes and delays. Christophe Bruyas, road governanace team leader at the USAID Trade Hub who...

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New road governance map shows 'measured decline' in key indicators
Ryan Yingling - on - 28 October, 2011

Road governance indicators showed modest improvements, according to the most recent data available. Trucks carrying goods on West Africa's trade corridors face delays and harassment at numerous checkpoints. But the...

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15th joint USAID Trade Hub-USAID ATP/E-ATP-UEMOA report on road governance
Bright Gowonu - on - 6 July, 2011

The USAID Trade Hub-UEMOA-USAID ATP project 15th report on road harassment along primary trade corridors presents results of surveys on the numbers of checkpoints and delays and bribes drivers experienced from January to March 2011. The initiative began in 2006 in Burkina Faso, Ghana, Mali...

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14th Report on Road Harassment: Delays and bribery increase
Joe Lamport - on - 8 April, 2011

The USAID Trade Hub-UEMOA...

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13th report: Checkpoints, delays drop but bribes edge up slightly
Joe Lamport - on - 26 January, 2011
Checkpoints and delays decreased – by 15% and 8%, respectively – while bribery increased by less than 2%, compared to results obtained...

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13th report map now available
Joe Lamport - on - 6 December, 2010

The 13th report of the improved road transport governance initiative, launched in 2006 by the USAID Trade Hub and UEMOA, shows improvement across the region as the Borderless campaign to remove trade barriers continues. Download a print-quality version of the map in pdf format...

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Joint report on road harassment combines data covering 8 West African countries
Ryan Yingling - on - 6 October, 2010

USAID's Trade Hub and Agribusiness & Trade Promotion projects and the World Bank-funded Abidjan-Lagos Corridor Organization have...

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Senegal authorities establish hotlines to complain about road harassment
Lacina Pakoun - on - 13 September, 2010

Authorities in Senegal announced hotline numbers that drivers can call when they are being harassed at checkpoints operated by various services along roads and highways. For complaints about police, drivers should call 33 842 28 74 or 33 842 28 74 17. For complaints about customs, drivers should...

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Why is Transport important to West Africa?

The transport sector in West Africa plays an essential role in the economic development of the sub region and generates approximately six percent of its gross domestic product. Reducing transport costs, which are among the highest in the world, will make West African exporters more competitive in world markets. The Trade Hub’s initiatives seek to reduce corruption and delays along primary trade corridors and identify other cost drivers in order to eliminate inefficiency and increase infrastructure investment.

Transport Infrastructure Publications

West Africa Road Governance Reports
23rd USAID/UEMOA Report (1st quarter 2013)
22nd USAID/UEMOA Report (4th quarter 2012)
21st USAID/UEMOA Report (3rd quarter 2012)
20th USAID/UEMOA Report (2nd quarter 2012)
19th USAID/UEMOA Report (1st quarter 2012)
18th USAID/UEMOA Report (4th quarter 2011)
17th USAID/UEMOA Report (3rd quarter 2011)
16th USAID/UEMOA Report (2nd quarter 2011)
15th USAID/UEMOA Report (1st quarter 2011)
14th USAID/UEMOA Report (4th quarter 2010)
13th USAID/UEMOA Report (3rd quarter 2010)
12th USAID/UEMOA Report (2nd quarter 2010)
11th USAID/UEMOA Report (1st quarter 2010)
10th USAID/UEMOA Report (4th quarter 2009)
9th USAID/UEMOA Report (3rd quarter 2009)
8th USAID/UEMOA Report (2nd quarter 2009)
7th USAID/UEMOA Report (1st quarter 2009)
6th USAID/UEMOA Report (4th quarter 2008)
5th USAID/UEMOA Report (3rd quarter 2008)
4th USAID/UEMOA Report (1st half 2008)
3rd USAID/UEMOA Report (4th quarter 2007)
2nd USAID/UEMOA Report (2nd- 3rd quarter 2007)
1st USAID/UEMOA Report (1st quarter 2007)

 

Joint Regional Reports on Road Governance
2nd Trade Hub / ATP / ALCO Joint Regional Report on Road Governance (Sep. 2010)
1st Trade Hub / ATP / ALCO Joint Regional Report on Road Governance (Mar. 2010)
Transport Studies
Trends in Transport and Logistics on the Tema-Ouaga-Bamako Corridor (May 2013)
Trucking to West Africa’s Landlocked Countries (Sep. 2010) - Market Structure and Conduct
Implementation of Axle Weight Rules in UEMOA Member States (Jul. 2010) - Lessons learned from Transit Traffic in Ghana
Transport & Logistics Costs on the Tema-Ouagadougou Corridor (Apr. 2010)
Transport & Logistics Costs on the Lomé-Ouagadougou Corridor (Jan. 2012)
Other Publications
The Truck Driver’s Guide to Ghana (Aug. 2010)
Required Interstate Documents for Ghanaian Truck Drivers

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