Transport sector in the DRC
Road rehabilitation and upgrades are a government priority and road access increased from 13% in 2006 to 45% in 2014. The potential for growth in the DRC’s transport infrastructure development is dependent on the implementation of governance structures within state-owned transport operators and transport departments within government.
Investment in the Sector
The World Bank is administering a US$122.6m multi-donor fiduciary fund for road maintenance projects. Government announced investment opportunities for the private sector of over US$1.7m in the rail sector. While the DRC has the opportunity to enhance its contribution towards green transport through the development of its extensive waterways, relatively little investment is going into the maintenance and upgrading of water transport infrastructure. Safety in the air transport sector must remain a focal issue in order to attract investment.
The DRC realises the importance of regional cooperation for transport infrastructure development and signed tripartite agreements with neighbouring countries Zambia, Tanzania and Namibia that are aimed at the smooth flow of cross-border road and rail transportation. The DRC also joined the Northern Corridor Integration Projects Initiative (NCIPI) with Rwanda, Uganda, Kenya and South Sudan. The Initiative wants to see an interconnected rail and water transport system between the member countries.
The detailed report on the Zambian transport sector discusses current conditions, describes investment into the sector and outlines factors influencing the success of the industry. The report profiles 24 companies including Airfast Congo and Malu Aviation which are both active in the air transport sector. Also profiled is the state-owned entity, SNCC (Société Nationale des Chemins de Fer du Congo), whose rail network is used extensively for copper exports, as well as TRANSCO (Transport au Congo) which provides passenger bus transport and charter services.