United Nations Transport and Communications Decade in Africa (UNTACDA)

Décennie des transports et des communications en Afrique

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History

as a programme within United Nations (UN). The first Decade, 1978-1988, was officially proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly, Dec 1977. Evaluation of the first Decade programme showed that, despite efforts of African governments and donors, existing transport and communications systems in Africa were still inadequate to promote Africa's economic development and constituted major constraints in overall economic integration and development. Thus, prompted by African governments, UNCTADA II (1991-2000) was proclaimed by General Assembly resolution 43/179, 20 Dec 1988. Within regular programme of United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (ECA), managed by the Division on Regional Cooperation and Integration. Terminated at end of decade.

Aims

Mobilize African governments, intergovernmental organizations, the United Nations System and external support agencies for coherent action in development of transport and communications services in Africa; establish an efficient, integrated transport and communications system as a basis for physical integration of Africa; facilitate national and international traffic so as to foster trade and the achievement of self-sustained economic development.

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Activities

Main areas of concentration: (i) improvement of existing infrastructure and equipment through rehabilitation, upgrading and maintenance programmes; (ii) expansion of existing systems through execution of viable projects; (iii) improvement of transport and communications through institutional and financial reforms, policy formulation, human resources development and improved management; (iv) removal of non-physical barriers through harmonization and simplification of legislation and regulations; (v) development of manufacturing capabilities by promoting establishment of multinational enterprises and industries; (vi) improvement of transport and communications services through promotion of enterprises, liberalization of services and enabling framework for strengthening private sector contributions.

Activities correspond to the following global objectives: (i) Implementation of phased and balanced programmes of development and management of transport and communications infrastructure, taking into account the needs and demands of island and land-locked countries; (ii) Rehabilitation, upgrading and maintenance of the most critical elements of the existing infrastructure and equipment so as to improve their efficiency and capacity utilization, as well as prolong their economic life; (iii) Improvement of human resources planning, development and utilization in order to upgrade the quality and availability of personnel at all levels for efficient management and operations of transport and communications systems; (iv) Improvement of the operational efficiency, service quality and availability in transport and communications by implementation of appropriate policies and administrative measures that will increase efficiency, productivity and profitability, while guaranteeing their social and economic development; (v) Establishment of information systems on transport and communications as a basis for analysis and better management and planning of investment; (vi) Development of manufacturing capabilities in order to cope with the rapid changes in technology and market forces in transport and communications, and to reduce cost and requirements for foreign exchange by local manufacture of some spare parts, components and equipment; (vii) Improvement of transport security and safety and better methods of environmental protection in transport; (viii) Improvement of transport and communications in rural areas where the majority of the population lives and greatest percentage of economic production takes place; (ix) Improvement of urban-transport to meet the needs of a rapidly growing urban population; (x) Establishment of inter-regional liaisons in the fields of transport and communications.

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Relations with Inter-Governmental Organizations

Relations with 31 inter-governmental organizations.
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Relations with Non-Governmental Organizations

Relations with 4 non-governmental organizations.
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Subjects *

  • Transportation, Telecommunications
    • Communications
    • Traffic
  • Communication
    • Communication
  • International Relations
    • United Nations
  • Development
    • Sustainable Development

UN Sustainable Development Goals **

GOAL 9: Industry, Innovation and InfrastructureGOAL 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities

UIA Org ID

E0122

Last News Received

2000
* Subject classification is derived from the organization names and aims.
** UN SDGs are linked to the subject classification.

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