This was the sentiment at the ongoing AUDA-NEPAD Regional Integration Infrastructure and Trade Programme and Arab Maghreb Union regional data collection workshop, in Marrakech Morocco.
Member States have called for the collective understanding on the Programme for Infrastructure Development in Africa Capacity Building Project (PIDA CAP) and AUDA-NEPAD data collection and reporting requirements, as well as the status of various PIDA projects at regional level.
Mr Symerre Grey-Johnston, Head of AUDA-NEPAD’s Regional Integration Infrastructure and Trade Programme has highlighted the critical nature of the Regional Data Collection Workshop in advancing regional infrastructure development, promoting regional integration, supporting trade facilitation initiatives and strengthening the Agency’s relationship with its stakeholders and partners, in this case the Arab Maghreb Union (AMU/UMA) and its Member States.
The workshop deliberations focus on:
The review the results framework and data collection and methodology for qualitative and quantitative data;
Data requirements of the PIDA Priority Action Plan projects
Ways to improve the data collection processes and strengthening the capacity of UMA in tracking and monitoring the progress of infrastructure projects in the region.
The Executive Secretary General of UMA, Dr Taieb Baccouche, emphasised the importance of data collection and verification in the management of infrastructure projects in the Maghrebien countries in the four PIDA sectors of Energy, Water, ICT and Transport, and the heavy investment in infrastructure made by the Maghrebien countries sector over the past few years, which allowed the region to reduce its infrastructure deficit.
AUDA-NEPAD staff, Mr George Murumba and Mr Ephrem Getahun presented the PIDA programme and introduced participants to the Virtual PIDA Information Centre.
UMA Member States presented their infrastructure national programmes covering the different sectors. It was agreed that data collection and verification thereof goes a long way towards unlocking various bottlenecks in infrastructure development