The existence of transport infrastructures that adapt to economic operators’ needs is a vital necessity for countries. This is why funding agencies finance numerous sectorial transport programs that fall within the strategies defined by national authorities in the countries concerned.
They define the desired balance between the different modes of transport, the respective roles of the public and private sectors, and the financial principles of transport infrastructure construction and maintenance.
The assignments carried out by AESDC fit into this context and they focus on the following areas:
- Transport policy;
- Support for the definition of transport policy and for planning and programming;
- Development of national transport strategies, particularly in rural areas;
- Definition of the roles of all the public and private actors, including the local authorities in the transport sector, development of the appropriate regulatory framework and recommendation of public-private partnership mechanisms;
- Organization of the transport sector;
- Role and organization of the ministries in charge of transport;
- Support for the institutional capacity building of transport regulatory agencies;
- Development and implementation of training programs intended for all actors within the transport sector, both public and private;
- Technical support to Road Maintenance Funds with a view to improve management of road markets;
- Transport sector programs;
- Feasibility studies on structural adjustment programs intended to enable transport sector reforms;
- Feasibility studies on transport network structuring projects;
- Evaluation of the link between transport and poverty in order to improve the efficiency of sectoral interventions;
- Strategic environmental assessment of transport sector programs;
- Technical assistance to the administrations responsible for the implementation of transport sector programs.