Joint-ventures and other forms of cooperation for the development of the transport market on Lakes Kivu and Tanganyika
Author(s)/Corporate Author (s)United Nations. Economic Commission for Africa;
Multinational Programming and Operational Centre (MULPOC) Gisenyi.;
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The study's terms of reference, which were approved in March 1986 by ECA/MULPOC and CEPGL authorities, brought the former's complexity to the fore. A decision was, therefore, made to set up an ad-hoc task force which would, in collaboration with the SEP/CEPGL and ECA/MULPOC, be responsible for conducting the study and following up on the project's implementation. The task force, a standing committee of national officials responsible for transport on Lakes Kivu and Tanganyika (COPTRALAC) was established in May 1986. Therefore, in March 1993 the ECA/MULPOC organized, within the framework of COPTRALAC and in close collaboration with the SEP/CEPGL, a sub regional seminar on the project for the creation of a joint CEPGL transport company to serve Lakes Kivu and Tanganyika. Item (V) of the recommendation adopted on that occasion called for the organization of a seminar for the sensitization of potential CEPGL operators interested in forming a joint-enterprise, in other words selling the CEPGL project idea to private operators. Just as the study was about to be launched after a lengthy search for funding, new developments prompted by national policies of liberalization (privatization) and by certain prerequisites to Structural Adjustment Programmes (SAP) necessitated a review of the already approved terms of reference.