The Dar es Salaam Corridor is a multi-modal transport route running from the port in Dar es Salaam through to landlocked Malawi, Zambia and southern Democratic Republic of Congo. The main transport routes on the corridor are road and rail, with some inland waterways also included, covering a total distance of 5400km. There are currently too many bottlenecks for goods and services along the corridor. Border security downtime and cargo truck turnaround times are considered too high, which impacts overall economic growth.
The Dar es Salaam Corridor Committee (DCC) is a forum for regional cooperation on cross border transport policy formulation, regulation and operation. Composed of public and private institutions from member countries, the Committee was established by constitution in the year 2003, under auspices of the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC). It exists to facilitate and promote trade in and among member states using the corridor, through the facilitation of the reduction of total transit times on the corridor and total transport cost for corridor traffic.
The DCC, through World Bank support, has allocated funds for the development of a CPMS which will allow it to fulfil its responsibilities and accurately monitor the corridor performance. The system Cardno is helping to create will capture data from different stakeholders such as Tanzania Ports Authority, truckers, railways, clearing and forwarding agents (CFAs), traffic police, and more, from all member countries. This will provide Corridor Performance Benchmarking that measures Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) such as turnaround times for major routes or profitability of routes per cargo type.
Through the quality data and reports produced by the CPMS, the DCC aims to pin point where improvements and interventions can be made along the corridor in order to improve its efficiency. The data generated will provide evidence to support their suggestions and recommendations for future projects to be actioned along the corridor, ultimately improving the overall efficiency and effectiveness of the corridor and subsequently increasing trade and travel along the road network and surrounding areas. This will result in large scale economic growth and improved connectivity in the regions which in turn will help the populations, both rural and urban, in all four countries, and likely beyond.
Cardno’s role in the project is to:
- review the existing corridor management practices
- engage with stakeholders and agree levels of participation and data contribution
- design, develop, and launch the CPMS
- provide training and engage in capacity building activities for the DCC
- handover the completed CPMS to the DCC and provide ongoing support.