Rational for CMCs

The formation of committees to promote facilitation varies from region to region as the key issues are recognized. Committees may be formed at the regional economic community level when facilitation instruments are approved and not implemented or at the national level when trade and economic development faces logistical bottlenecks. Whichever problem is recognized first, there is often need for a multi-country effort that focuses on the specific issues of the corridor itself and seeks solutions through the implementation of international instruments and their domestication into national law, improved transport operations, necessary infrastructure rehabilitation or construction, etc.

The rationale for Corridor Committees is that they:

  • Focus attention on the specific problems that delay passengers and cargo and raise transport and commodity costs on a given route,
  • Are problem solving,
  • Bring together the main control agencies and Corridor users to motivate solutions by government and the private sector in collaboration with the regional economic communities,
  • Convene stakeholder representatives from all countries on the Corridor to motivate each country to implement change, harmonize regulations and enforce them uniformly, and
  • Are ideal for piloting new initiatives and monitoring their impact.

Generally bringing about real improvements in a region requires efforts at all three levels, regional, national and Corridor-specific. The diagram below illustrates the synergy possible between levels in bringing about improvements.
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