"A Corridor with Zero new HIV infection, Zero discrimination, Zero AIDS-related deaths
and No Obstacle to free movement of people and goods."
FINAL REPORT YR5 ALTTFP ALCO : JULY 2014 - JUNE 2015

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ABIDJAN-LAGOS CORRIDOR ORGANIZATION

ABIDJAN-LAGOS TRADE AND TRANSPORT FACILITATION PROJECT
(ALTTFP)

IDA GRANT N° H549-TG

YEAR 5 REPORT
(July 2014 - June 2015)

Final Report

August 2015

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

In the West African region, the Abidjan-Lagos corridor is considered as an economic corridor handling more than 2/3 of trade, transport and transit activities. This corridor also has a resident population estimated at more than 35 million and records traffic of about 47 million people in transit every year. This corridor is nearly a thousand km of asphalt road and serves the economic cities of Abidjan, Accra, Lome, Cotonou and Lagos. These cities are, at the same time, the transit port of landlocked countries.

Despite these strengths, the Abidjan-Lagos corridor faces several physical and non-tariff barriers making it less competitive compared with other corridors.

The Abidjan-Lagos Trade and Transport Facilitation Project (ALTTFP), an initiative funded by the World Bank and supported by ECOWAS, is being implemented to remove these barriers.

This project fits into the ECOWAS and WAEMU’s regional transport and road transit facilitation program. It aims at reducing barriers to trade and transport in ports and on the roads along the Abidjan-Lagos corridor in Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, Togo, Benin and Nigeria.

It was effective since August 2010, and is divided into two phases. Phase 1 (APL 1) for Ghana, Togo and Benin and phase 2 (APL 2) takes into account only Côte d’Ivoire 1 which signed its grant agreement with the World Bank on 16 th July 2012. For countries in phase 1, the end of the project is set for September 2016 while for Côte d’Ivoire it is scheduled for June 2018.

ALTTFP has four components:

  • (i) Component A: Trade Facilitation,
  • (ii) Component B: improvement of the corridor’s road infrastructure,
  • (iii) Component C: project management and Coordination, and
  • (iv) Component D: Corridor Performance Monitoring and HIV/AIDS Program.

The first three components are implemented by the Project Coordination Units (PCU) of each of the concerned countries while component D is entrusted to ALCO.

To fulfill its mission, ALCO has developed a data collection methodology on the project performance indicators which has been validated by all the five member countries.
The data collection system is based on the routine collection by the focal points recruited within the project partners’ administrations (Customs, Ports, Public Works, HAFU), the private sector (transporters, truckers, shipping agents, clearing agents and stevedores) and periodic surveys (Observatory of Abnormal Practices, study on IRI, HIV Integrated Biological and Behavioral Surveillance Survey).

This Year 5 report covers the period from July 2014 to June 2015. It follows the Year 4 report, which covered July 2013 to June 2014 and reported on the state of the implementation of the ALTTFP and the Accra Memorandum of Understanding signed in 2007. On the one hand, it traces the situation of the performance indicators of the project during this period and on the other hand, it outlines the limitations encountered and recommendations made for the improvement of the performance of the Abidjan-Lagos Corridor.

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