Tripartite Transport & Transit Facilitation Programme

Tripartite Transport &
Transit Facilitation Programme

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Tripartite Ministers Adopt Legal Instruments for Free Trade Area

The Council of Ministers of the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA), East African Community (EAC) and the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) have adopted legal instruments to implement the Tripartite Free Trade Agreement (TFTA) once it enters into force.

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Tlokweng, Botswana CTMS Launch

The CTMS was launched in Tlokweng Botswana on the 20th of May 2022. More information on the CTMS and the draft agenda of the program can be viewed in the documents below.


The lack of an integrated and liberalised road transport market in the East and Southern African (EA-SA) region poses numerous obstacles to trade by causing severe delays and increased transport costs, as well as challenges to road safety and durability. This programme (which builds on previous actions) addresses these challenges through the implementation of harmonised road transport policies, laws, regulations, systems and standards that affect drivers, loads, vehicles and road infrastructure in the countries of the EA-SA region.

Strategic Objective

The overall strategic objective is to facilitate the development of a more competitive integrated and liberalised regional road transport market in the EA-SA region.

Project Purpose

To develop and implement harmonised road transport policies, laws, regulations and standards for efficient cross border road transport and transit networks, transport and logistics services, systems and procedures in the EA-SA region



Harmonised Vehicle Load Management


Harmonised Vehicle and Driver Regulations and Standards


Integrated Transport Registers and Information Platform System


Efficiency of Regional Transport Corridors



Develop legal/policy framework/guidelines to improve Member States’ implementation of Regional Economic Community (REC) obligations and support the domestication of regional agreement.


Capacity development at the level of the Member States through strengthening the member states’ ministries responsible for transport and transport sector regulation.


Strengthen REC Secretariats in order to enhance Inter REC coordination and the management of the Tripartite Programme.


Improve the alignment between regional and national development priorities in order to ensure that regional projects are prioritised in national development plans and receive required counterpart funding.


Phase 1: Inception Phase

  • Mobilise Project Team
  • Establish Project Management Structure
  • Inception Report & Work Program

Phase 2: Implementation Phase

  • Stage 1: Establish Statutory Basis
  • Stage 2: Institutional Capacity and Development of Systems
  • Stage 3: Project Implementation of Systems
  • Stage 4: Pilot Execution, Monitoring, Evaluation and Roll-out Strategy

Phase 3: Finalisation Phase

  • Final Project Report


During the course of the project, member states will be able to request for Workshops or Technical Assistance on various Tripartite related content. 

The TTTFP is currently in Phase 2: Implementation. Several workshops have been conducted with a view of introducing Tripartite Models to officials from the various Tripartite member states. Several requests for Technical Assistance have been received and are currently in progress.


Member States

  • Arab Republic of Egypt
  • Democratic Republic of the Congo
  • Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia
  • Federal Republic of Somalia
  • Kingdom of eSwatini
  • Kingdom of Lesotho
  • Republic of Angola
  • Republic of Botswana


  • Republic of Burundi
  • Republic of Djibouti
  • Republic of Kenya
  • Republic of Malawi
  • Republic of Mozambique
  • Republic of Namibia
  • Republic of Rwanda
  • Republic of South Africa
  • Republic of South Sudan


  • Republic of The Sudan
  • Republic of Tunisia
  • Republic of Uganda
  • Republic of Zambia
  • Republic of Zimbabwe
  • State of Eritrea
  • State of Libya
  • The United Republic of Tanzania

Tripartitie Regional Economic Communities

  • Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA)
  • East African Community (EAC)
  • Southern African Development Community (SADC)

Private / Public Partners

  • COMESA Business Council
  • Association of SADC National Road Agencies (ASANRA)
  • Federation of East and Southern Africa Road Transporters Associations (FESARTA)
  • Federation of Clearing and Forwarding Associations of Southern Africa
  • Federation of East African Freight Forwarders (FEAFFA)
  • Port Management Association of Eastern and Southern Africa (PMAESA)
  • Corridor Management Institutions (CMIs)


Training Workshop on Cross Border Road Transport Regulation and Integrated National Transport Information Systems (FEBRUARY 2020 Lilongwe Malawi)

TTTFP Validation of Design Standards for Weigh Station, Vehicle & Driver Testing Facilities. 18-20 February 2020. Munyonyo, Uganda.

TRIPS HOSTING. Mission to evaluate Road Traffic Management Corporation (RTMC) facilities in Midrand, South Africa

Delegates to the 1st Tripartite Technical Committee on Transport and Automotive on a study visit to Kazungula Bridge and OSBP on the North South Corridor

A program funded by the European Union