Great Lakes Trade Facilitation (WB-P151083)

  • Congo, Democratic Republic of
  • Rwanda
  • Uganda
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  • World Bank (WB)
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Project Status
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Voting Date
Sep 25, 2015
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Governments of DRC, Rwanda and Uganda
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  • Industry and Trade
  • Technical Cooperation
  • Transport
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Investment Type(s)
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Investment Amount (USD)
$ 79.00 million
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Project Cost (USD)
$ 79.00 million
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Bank Documents
Primary Source

Original disclosure @ WB website

Updated in EWS Feb 13, 2019

Disclosed by Bank Nov 3, 2014

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Project Description

The objective of this Great Lakes Trade Facilitation Project for Africa is to facilitate cross-border trade by increasing the capacity for commerce and reducing the costs faced by traders, especially small-scale and women traders, at targeted locations in the borderlands.

There are four components to the project:

  1. Improving core trade infrastructure and facilities in the border areas. The project will finance improvements to core trade infrastructure and facilities at specific land border crossing points, and an airport in Rwanda that is of regional importance. In addition, support will also be provided to ministries responsible for trade and commerce to finance the planning and construction of cross-border markets in the border areas.
  2. Implementation of policy and procedural reforms and capacity building to facilitate cross-border trade in goods and services. A clear lesson from previous trade facilitation projects is that improvements in infrastructure need to be accompanied by policy and procedural reforms and capacity building.
  3. Performance-based management in cross-border administration. It will primarily focus on raising mutual awareness on their respective rights and obligations as stated in the ‘charter for cross-border traders in goods and services’, as well as on strengthening basic elements such as a professional attitude to border operations, customer care for officials, duty calculation for traders, mutual respect and understanding of constraints, etc. More generally it will progressively build mutual trust. On the other hand, change management activities planned under sub-component 3.1 will build on those exercises and develop different tools and incentives to increase professionalization for border officials only.
  4. Implementation support for building the implementation capacity of government agencies and COMESA, communication activities and the development of a robust system of project monitoring and collecting data on cross-border trade flows. A common challenge of multisectoral projects is having in place effective mechanisms to coordinate project implementation across sectors and between countries. The capacity of agencies, especially in the DRC, may be insufficient to:
    1. coordinate and implement multi-sectoral activities;
    2. channel funds to other institutions; and
    3. monitor progress in the eastern provinces as well as procure specialized equipment and services.

This project is part of the Programme for Infrastructure Development In Africa (PIDA)

Investment Description

Contact Information

Name: DRC Ministry of Finance
Contact: Henri Zav Mulang
Title: Minister
Tel: 243

Name: Rwanda Ministry of Finance and economic planning
Contact: Claver GATETE
Title: Minister
Tel: 250252575756

Name: Uganda Minister of Finance, Planning and Economic Development
Contact: Maria Kiwanuka
Title: Minister
Tel: 256414707000

Contact: Francis Mangeni
Title: Director of Trade
Tel: 260211229725

Implementing Agencies:
Name: Rwanda Ministry of Industry and Trade
Contact: Jean Louis Uwitonze
Title: DG planning
Tel: 0785491031

Name: Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA)
Contact: B. Ssebbugga-Kimeze
Title: Ag. Executive Director
Tel: 256-312-233-100

Contact: Francis Mangeni
Title: Director of Trade
Tel: 260211229725

Name: Rwanda Civil Aviation Authority (RCAA)
Contact: Silas Udahemuka
Title: CEO
Tel: 250252585845

Name: Rwanda Local Development Agency (LODA)
Contact: Laetetia Nkunda
Title: Director General
Tel: 250788547212

Name: Rwanda Transport Development Authority (RTDA)
Contact: Guy Kalisa
Title: Director General
Tel: 250788437293

Name: DRC Cellule Infrastructure of MITPR (CI/MITPR)
Contact: Billy Tshibambe
Title: Directeur
Tel: 243992907453

Name: DRC Ministry of Commerce (SG/MC)
Contact: Marcelin Minaku
Title: Directeur de Cabinet Adjoint
Tel: 243998511812

Name: Uganda Ministry of Trade, Industry & Cooperatives (MTIC)
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Contact: Patrick Okilangole
Title: Assistant Commissioner
Tel: 414314221


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