"International institutions must fully appreciate the factors which constrain the transport sector in developing countries from making its full contribution to national development", said W.P. Wambura, Permanent Secretary of Kenya's Ministry of Works and Communications in a paper read on his behalf at the International Round Table at the Transportation Research Boards's 61st Annual Meeting. The Meeting was held in Washington, D.C. in January 1985. These factors mainly include the scarcity of manpower and financial resources and the lack of proper planning and coordination for the sector. In this regard, both the international lending institution and the developing countries have roles to play. As far as the developing countries are concerned, they should shy away from large and capital-intensive projects, whether highways, airports, railways, seaports or telecommunications, and at the same time they should institute measures to improve operations and maintenance capabilities on the existing facilities and the rehabilitation of thee existing infrastructure. "On the side of the donors, they should avoid seeking projects offering markets for their manufacturers and most importantly they should take a more liberal attitude, as recently demonstrated by several international and bilateral donors, toward financing recurrent local and foreign costs for both rountie and periodic maintenance. In some instances, consultants from the developed world have shown tendencies toward designing projects, without due regard for local systems costs and vehicle configuration, and including unrealistic axle load requirements. (Author)

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  • Accession Number: 00396375
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Feb 28 1986 12:00AM