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A tool for assessing the efficiency of corridors and OSBPs in Africa

Since the launch of the MoveAfrica initiative, a project kicked off in 2016 aimed at improving trade across the continent by lowering costs and increasing efficiency of logistics for Fast Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG) operators and manufacturers operating in Africa, AUDA-NEPAD, the development agency of the African Union responsible for coordinating and executing priority regional and continental development projects to promote regional integration towards the accelerated realisation of Agenda 2063, has been developing a tool called Traffic Light System (TLS) to assess the efficiency of transport and trade corridors and One Stop Border Posts (OSBPs) located along such corridors.


From the WCO a data analytics training course to improve Customs risk mapping capabilities

Many customs administrations in the world are embracing data analytical tools and methodologies to improve risk mapping and risk targeting capabilities, better detecting fraud-risky transactions, and enhance their performances in general. Some experiments are being conducted for establishing, within Customs, multidisciplinary teams made up of staff who have computer, statistics, mathematics and social science skills to fully exploit these techniques (read our article on the World Customs Journal).


African Union and the AfCFTA

The African Union and the AfCFTA in pills, available on our blog for an overview on how the AU works and on the African Continental Free Trade Agreement.

COMESA and Afreximbank sign agreement for the launch of a Pan-African customs transit scheme

According to the African Economic Outlook 2012, a report drafted by the African Development Bank (AfDB) in collaboration with the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the UN Commission for Africa (UNECA), transport costs are 63% higher in African countries compared with developed countries. A great proportion of such cost is due to the infrastructure gap that characterises Africa, where asphalted roads are 5 times less than in developed countries, but is also caused by inefficient transit systems that are adopted in the Continent which raise the cost of movement of cargo and significantly contribute to delays at borders.


Reduce trucks empty trips to decrease GHG emissions

In the latest years, many African corridor management authorities became increasingly sensitive to the environmental problems arising from the fast development of trade and freight transport, with some of them actively engaged in programmes aimed at turning their corridor infrastructure into environmentally friendly transport routes. Among them, the Northern Corridor Transit and Transport Coordination Authority (NCTTCA), in its last Strategic Plan (2017-2021), commits to address social and economic dimensions in the transport logistics chain including environmental and social health issues. To this purpose, the NCTTCA adopted in 2016 a Northern Corridor Green Freight Programme, a plan aimed at implementing a comprehensive Sustainable Freight Transport Strategy for 2030 and beyond.


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