The Seventh Ordinary Meeting of the Inter-state Council of Ministers (ICM) of the Central Corridor Transit Transportation Facilitation Agency (CCTTFA) has concluded its meeting in Dar es Salaam. The ICM is composed of Ministers of Transport from Partner States (Tanzania, Uganda, Congo DR, Rwanda and Burundi), meets once a year while the Board of Directors (Executive Board) is composed of Permanent Secretaries from the Ministries of Transport and one Private Sector representative from all partner States. The Meeting was opened, chaired and closed by Hon. Prof Makame Mbarawa, the Minister of Works, Transport and Communications (Tanzania) at Kunduchi Beach Resort Hotel.
The New CCTTFA Chief Operations Officer Mr Sayiba Tambwe Patient (right) being Congratulated by the Executive Secretary Capt. Dieudone Dukundane after being appointed by the ICM.
The meeting was also attended by Hon. Eng. Jean Bosco Ntuzwenimana, the Minister of Transport, Public works & Equipment (Burundi), Hon. Justin Kalumba Mwana-Ngongo, Minister of Transport and Ways of Communication (Congo DRC), Hon. Bagiire Aggrey Henry, Minister of State for Transport and Works (Uganda). Hon. Minister of Infrastructure of Republic of Rwanda was represented by the Permanent Secretary, Mr Christian Rwakunda.
According to the Joint Communiqué released and read by Capt. Dieudone Dukundane, CCTTFA Executive Secretary, at the end of the meeting, the Council of Ministers approved various resolutions of the CCTTFA Executive Board of Directors. The Council appointed Mr Sayiba Tambwe Patient as the Chief Operating Officer of the CCTTFA, a new position, effective from September 2016.
Tanzanian Minister of Works, Transport and Communications who is also a Chairman of ICM Prof. Makame Mbarawa briefing Journalists. On his right hand side are Burundi Minister for Transport, Public Works and Equipments Hon Justine Kalumba Mwana-Ngongo and Executive Secretary of CCTTFA Capt. Dieudonne Dukundane.
The Ministers resolved to commit themselves to follow up on the CCTTFA Executive Board recommendations to address key issues requiring policy and regulatory decisions such as Visa requirements, harmonization of Road User Charges, Transit Transport Facilitation, Tanzania Port Authority in Kigali, DRC and in Bujumbura, amongst others.
The Council commended efforts undertaken by member states to spearhead transport infrastructure and services along the Central Corridor, including Standard Gauge Railway project connecting the United Republic of Tanzania with all CC member states. It directed CCTTFA to fast track and finalize consultations with all CC Countries on matter to be transacted during the next Presidential Round table.