WAEMU Commission Adopts Strategy for Effective Implementation of Regulation 14 of Axle Load Regime.

Under the auspices of the West African Economic and Monetary Union (WAEMU) Commission, the third preparatory meeting of experts on the axle-load control of WAEMU member countries, Ghana and Guinea took place in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, from June 17 -18, 2015. Besides the various country representatives, the meeting was also attended by representatives of both the ECOWAS and WAEMU Commissions; the West African Development Bank (WADB), the European Union , JICA, the African Development Bank (AfDB) and World Bank Group. This meeting follows the regional workshop held from April 21 - 22 2009 and the meetings of Ministers responsible for Infrastructure and Road Transport of WAEMU countries and Ghana on April 23, 2009 and    March 19, 2010 respectively.

It examined the implementation status of Regulation N014 / 2005 / CM / UEMOA of 16 December 2005 on the harmonization of standards and template control procedures, weight and axle load of heavy duty vehicles in Member States of WAEMU and Ghana, as spelt out in a roadmap and action plan for 2015-2016. The meeting also adopted a strategy, the  overall objective of which is the application of the Regulation N014 / 2005 / CM / UEMOA in its entirety and concomitantly in the Member States of WAEMU, Guinea and Ghana, not later than June 1, 2016.

The representative of the Delegation of the European Union and spokesperson of the technical and financial partners seized the opportunity to stress that "the practical application   established measures resulting in an effective  decrease in overloading will be strong conditionality for future donor investment in roads. ".

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