Trans-African Highway Bureau

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2-5 May 1991, Addis Ababa (Ethiopia), within the framework of United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA), with the assistance of Organization of African Unity (OAU), following recommendations of 7th Conference of African Ministers of Transport, Communications and Planning, 15-16 Nov 1989. Also referred to as Bureau of Trans-African Highways. Not yet an autonomous organization but a practical working arm of ECA which coordinates the functions of all Highway Authorities and Coordinating Committees. Statutes allowing transformation to an autonomous Bureau, with Coordinator directly responsible to African Ministers in charge of Highways, were drawn up in June 1993, requiring ratification by 26 states. At Conference of Ministers, 20-21 Mar 1995, the number of required ratifications was reduced to 18; but since, as of Dec 1996, only 10 states had signed the statutes and only 2 states had ratified them, the ECA continues as operating body.


Coordinate the trans Africa highway programme and provide secretarial services to Authorities and Coordinating Committees so as to realize physical linkages between African countries; disseminate information on road infrastructure provision and maintenance, and road transport operations along existing transport corridors.

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Recommends measures for and reviews implementation of Trans African Highway Project; mobilizes external financial and technical assistance. 'Long-term programme' - Core programme: Servicing meetings; coordinating technical activities; promoting realization of substandard and missing links. Extended programme: Promoting modern management methods in highway maintenance and facilitation of inter-State traffic; researching for improved efficiency of road and road transport system; sponsoring research on policies for fleet standardization, development and impact of trucking associations; studies to improve planning, financing nd budgeting; studies to improve operations and management of roads and road transport systems. 'Short-term programme' - Core programme: realization of Trans African Highway Authorities; technical assistance on economic studies of critical alignments; servicing annual meeting of Trans African Highway Authorities. Extended programme: Research and studies; facilitation of international traffic, programme components.


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Relations with 6 inter-governmental organizations.
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Members in 53 countries
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  • Amenities
    • Maintenance
  • Transportation, Telecommunications
    • Communications
    • Roads
  • Industry
    • Utilities

UN Sustainable Development Goals **

GOAL 6: Clean Water and SanitationGOAL 7: Affordable and Clean EnergyGOAL 9: Industry, Innovation and InfrastructureGOAL 11: Sustainable Cities and CommunitiesGOAL 12: Responsible Consumption and Production



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