National Advocacy Plan (CREW Project) Appiah Adomako, CUTS Accra CREW NRG-IV Meeting, 23

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National Advocacy Plan
(CREW Project)
Appiah Adomako, CUTS Accra
CREW NRG-IV Meeting, 23rd April, Accra
Outline
Introduction
Road Transport Authority (RTA)
Work plan
Politico-economic analysis of low implementation of LI 2180
Work plan
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1. Introducing the Advocacy goals?
I. Contribute to the development of the Road Transport
Authority
(i) Fast-track the process by providing ‘knowledge
support’ to the Ministry of Transport (MOT)
(ii) Develop stakeholder awareness about the RTA –
especially its roles for the benefit of operators and consumers
II. Assess the factors that has impeded implementation of the
LI 2180
(i) Political economy analysis
(ii) Stakeholder outreach and discussion with
policymakers
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2. Contribute to the development of Road
Transport Authority (RTA)
Current Situation
• In Accra, the modal share for informal transport is more than 70%
• Private operators dominate the industry with the MMT contributing
less than 5% of the total passenger traffic.
• With very little regulation, the bus operators are open to ply on any
routes that they deem profitable, thus creating problems in the level of
accessibility of bus transport to commuters staying in remote areas.
• Also there are no set fares for the bus services (except the MMT), thus
leaving a lot to the bargaining power of the consumer.
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2. Contribute to the development of Road
Transport Authority (RTA)
What needs to be done?
• There is hence a need for a regulatory body that ensures the
functions of bus availability, standard fares, safety and above
all regulates the dominance of transport unions in Ghana.
• Government of Ghana through the Ministry of Transport now
convinced of the need for a National Road Transport
Authority’ (RTA) for Ghana.
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2. Contribute to the development of Road
Transport Authority (RTA)
Work-plan to CREW Activities
• To complement the efforts by the MOT and thereby speed up
the process for the establishment of RTA
Engage in discussions and identify the requirements for having
the RTA in place
• To provide lessons from best practices from DC and LDC
Through experience gathered ( ‘good practices’) across various
countries informed inputs will be provided on the structure and
functions of the RTA
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2. Contribute to the development of Road
Transport Authority (RTA)
Work-plan to CREW Activities
• To act as knowledge partner for MOT going forward
Organising discussion forum involving key stakeholders to
develop consensus on functions and priorities of RTA
• To inform the citizens of the benefits of having RTA in Ghana
Undertake a media campaign (traditional and contemporary)
to raise visibility of the RTA
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3. Politico-economic analysis of low
implementation of LI 2180
Current Situation
• Currently in Ghana, the bus transport is subject to self-regulation by
the transport unions. They exercise considerable dominance in
deciding which routes to operators should ply on.
• The pro-competitive elements LI 2180 of 2012, is that allocation of
bus routes will be based on needs on the ground and route
franchising through competitive tendering process.
• Tendering process would have to be handled by each municipality
where bidders would be selected based on certain pre-determined
selection criteria; and successful transport companies from tenders
will compete to maintain their operation on specific routes by merit
and not by lobbying.
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3. Politico-economic analysis of low
implementation of LI 2180
Action Agenda
• Undertaking political-economy analysis of the reasons behind
the non implementation of the LI 2180
• Mapping out and engaging with key and policymakers: MOT,
DVLA, NRSC, GPRTU, PROTOA, etc.
• Representation before the Parliamentary Select Committee on
Transport, etc.
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3. Politico-economic analysis of low
implementation of LI 2180
Outcome
The expected key benefits of proper implementation of LI 2180
include ensuring proper availability of bus services in Ghana.
This has vast scope of including elements of healthy competition
as operators would strive to increase market share by offering
attractive services to customers, establishing themselves by
providing high quality services, especially increasingly higher
safety standards
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Thank You!!
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www.cuts-international.org/arc/accra
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