EAC Backbone & Lake Victoria Maritime
- Reference: P-Z1-GB0-019
- Appraisal Date: 20/11/2014
- Board Presentation: 25/03/2015
- Status: LendingLEND
- Implementing Agency: --
Project Design and Components: LVMCTP consists of three main components as follows:
Component 1: Establishment of a Maritime communications system for safety on Lake Victoria. The system comprises four physical sub components that are closely interrelated:
(i) Maritime Communication Network (MCN): on Lake Victoria, based on the existing mobile (GSM) enhanced coverage on the lake and signal location detection features.
(ii) Establishment of Regional Maritime Rescue Communication Centre (MRCC) in Mwanza, Tanzania; and two sub centres in Kisumu (Kenya) and Port Bell (Uganda) capable of receiving and responding to distress calls, locating the victims, mobilizing, controlling and coordinating rescue missions by rescue boats.
(iii) Sixteen (16) Emergency Search and Rescue (SAR) stations distributed around the lake, equipped with fast rescue boats and trained crews. Three additional boats to be stationed at the main SAR (one per country) will have larger capacity and first aid facilities.
(iv) Weather forecast and Value added services with installation of weather data collection system installed and information dissemination channels (SMS; community radio). The project's weather forecast activities will build around the existing national facilities including the airport safeguard systems at Entebbe, Mwanza, Bukoba, and Kisumu.
Component 2: Maritime Transport for Lake Victoria Study. The study will lead into the following:
(i)Development of East African Maritime Transport Strategy that will guide the development of the maritime transport sector in the region; and
(ii)Preparation of Lake Victoria Transport Development Programme. This component will comprise: assessment of current status; demand forecast; identification of projects required for achievement of transport network; detailed feasibility study for the short-term projects to be financed by the Bank; and needs assessment of capacity building.
Component 3: Project Management and Capacity Building. The component includes:
(i) Establishment and support for the operation of the Project Implementation Unit (PIU); PIU will be supervised by the LVBC Deputy Executive Secretary responsible for Projects and Programs, who reports directly to the Executive Secretary of LVBC.
(ii)Strengthening of implementation capacity of the Executing Agency including technical support to prepare technical specifications of various components of the project and develop tender documents for the project.
(iii)Awareness and Monitoring and Evaluation: development of communication and knowledge management strategy; undertake awareness activities including capacity building for fishermen associations, transporters and other targeted users; undertake monitoring and evaluation activities.
(iv) Project audit: Support periodic and final auditing of project resources.
The higher development objective of the proposed Lake Victoria Maritime and Transport (LVMCTP) Project is to contribute to the EAC's Vision and Strategy Framework for Management and Development of the Lake Victoria basin - "a prosperous population living in a healthy and sustainably managed environment providing equitable opportunities and benefits".
10.2 The project objective is to facilitate transport and trade on the lake by improving maritime transport infrastructure including maritime communications, safety of navigation aids, maritime emergency search and rescue services, and inland waterways for Lake Victoria.
The project is designed around the 4th EAC Development Strategy (2011 -2016). It addresses the maritime transportation and navigation safety intervention area and will contribute to the provision of safe, efficient, cheap and environmentally friendly transport links, and fishing activities that are essential to achieving the goals of poverty reduction and sustainable development. The project is in line with
(i) the Protocol for Sustainable Development of Lake Victoria Basin;
(ii) LVBC Strategic Plan 2011 - 2016 aimed to (a) improve safety of navigation and security on Lake Victoria; and (b) promote an enabling environment for investments in lake transport;
(iii) continental ICT agenda as decided by the 14th African Union Summit held in February 2010 which called for the improvement of inland waterways maritime communications;
(iv) Bank's 2011 regional strategy - EAC RISP focusing on regional infrastructure and capacity building;
(iv) The participating respective CSPs (Kenya 2014-18; Uganda 2011 -15; Tanzania 2011 -15) each with a pillar on infrastructure development and
(vi) Bank's ICT Operation Strategy. Putting in place safe and secure maritime and transport infrastructure will contribute in realising the goals of the region's Development Strategy as well as the Banks RISP for East Africa in the form of attracting investments in lake transport, tourism and water sports. The socio-economic welfare of the communities will be improved through the extended telecommunication coverage, as business will be carried out more efficiently with the available value added services.
The beneficiaries (target groups) of the proposed maritime communication system are the crew of the 70,000 active fishing boats operating on the lake and their immediate and extended families; operators of other commercial and non-commercial maritime transport vessels; and the general public (passengers) within the Lake Victoria Basin.
JACK Salieu - OITC3