The year 2021 marked the end of the 3-year UNDA funded project, entitled “Sustainable transport connectivity and implementation of transport related SDGs in selected landlocked and transit/bridging countries”. The project was launched in September 2018 and has resulted in 215 Sustainable Inland Transport Connectivity Indicators (SITCIN ) indicators covering, road, rail, inland waterway and the intermodality that enables seamless vehicular transfer between them.
Fadiah Achmadi was appointed as an international consultant to assist UNECE in developing the indicators, with the support of its sister UN Regional Commissions ESCWA and ECLAC . The indicators offer guidance on foster inland transport connectivity in LLDCs through providing a tool to enable countries to measure their degree of transport connectivity, both domestically and bilaterally/sub-regionally as well as in terms of soft and hard infrastructure.
The initial indicators were tested in five pilot countries (Georgia, Kazakhstan, Jordan, Paraguay and Serbia), and in addition in Lebanon and the State of Palestine upon initiative of ESCWA. Mamuka Chikhladze is the consultant who coordinated the pilot in Georgia. The feedback received from the stakeholders has played an important role in finalizing the indicators.
In December 2021, the project was concluded with a series of regional outreach meetings to gather not only representatives of the pilot countries but also of their neighbours, explaining the SITCIN approach and methodology and encouraging its use at regional and subregional level.
The event was held on Dec 20th 2021 for the South Caucasus and Central Asia region and on Dec 21st for the South East Europe region.
At the time of writing, UNECE is developing a user platform on which interested governments can evaluate and assess their transport connectivity situation online beyond the project end date. The platform will also provide a multilingual e-learning course, with a step-by-step guide on how to go through the SITCIN data collection and assessment process. The course is self-paced using informative texts, videos, voice-overs, and quizzes to support the learning process.
You will hear from us when the SITCIN user platform is available. In the meantime, if you would like to know more about this project, feel free to contact us or leave a comment below.