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Regional Trade: Policies, Approaches And Guidelines For Cross-Border Infrastructure

29 Jan, 2019

The objective of the Report is to develop a Regional Trade Policy Guideline for Cross-border Infrastructure based on lessons and evidence drawn from Africa’s regional blocks. The study shows that Africa’s trade facilitating cross-border infrastructure programs can be successful if there are systematic approaches and prioritized strategies under a corridor development framework. Cross-border infrastructure which includes ports, roads, railway networks and border posts and customs infrastructure is critical to trade facilitation and yet remains largely underdeveloped in Africa. A key challenge observed has been capacity needed for the development of cross-border infrastructure, one of the most important being capacity to access financing. In this regard, the analysis carried out shows that the lack of technical capacity and skills for project preparation is one of the key bottlenecks in implementing cross-border infrastructure projects. Some of the skills for infrastructure development require lawyers, engineers, project finance specialists, and industry experts.

Thomas Kwesi Quartey

ACBF has been granted the status of a specialized agency because of the potential to transform Africa through capacity development.

H.E. Thomas Kwesi Quartey, Deputy Chairperson, AU Commission
Erastus Mwencha

The recognition of ACBF as the African Union’s Specialized Agency for Capacity Development launches the beginning of a new era for capacity building by ACBF, which will require an appropriate level of political commitment and financial support from all stakeholders.

H.E. Erastus Mwencha, Chair, ACBF Executive Board
Lamin Momodou

The remarkable achievements ACBF has registered over the past 26 years is not by accident in our opinion. They have come through hard work, dedication, commitment, purposeful leadership, support from the member countries as well as productive partnership building.

Mr. Lamin Momodou MANNEH, Director, UNDP Regional Service Centre for Africa
Goodall Gondwe

Africa needs ACBF as much, probably more now, than at the time it was created in 1991.

Hon. Goodall Gondwe, former Chair of the ACBF Board of Governors and Minister of Finance – Malawi
Ken Ofori Atta

Ghana’s partnership with ACBF is a tremendous blessing for us and therefore the opportunity for Ghana to host the 26th ACBF Board of Governors Meeting is something that we treasure.

Hon Ken Ofori Atta, Chair of the ACBF Board of Governors and Minister of Finance - Ghana