On July 9th and 10th, Sectrans-NAS undertook its first mission to “the land of honest men”. On the agenda, a meeting was slated with the Burkinabe NRBC national team along with other thematic meetings with local authorities and experts.
The visit was part of the first field assessment missions set up by the project team along the same lines as those of other countries. Similarly, the purpose was to make Sectrans_NAS known to representatives of organizations and institutions specialising in the transportation of hazardous materials; identify interlocutors with a view to establishing direct lines of communication between partner experts; gather the opinions of specialists in the country to cast the project in the mold of needs specific to Burkina Faso.
Through valuable contributions made by the national focal point and inputs from a number of well-represented national authorities and representatives, Burkina Faso was able to put across effectively its interest in participating actively in the project.
It seems that the meeting with the CBRN national team not only allowed the project stakes and scope to be expatiated at regional level, but also served to set the scene in which Sectrans-NAS will be executed at national level.
The thematic meetings – one on legislative aspects concerning the transport of dangerous goods and the other on the current traffic management of this type of material – also gave rise to a precise diagnosis of the Burkinabe reality. At a regulatory level, existing texts have already begun to move into line with international requirements, even though much remains to be done to respond to all aspects of the project’s challenges.
In terms of traffic management, although analyses carried out during the meeting bear out the capital in terms of being the ideal city to implement the pilot traffic plan, in accordance with the terms of reference, an alternative venue offering other advantages, such as the ease of execution, is under study.
In addition, Burkinabé representatives would like the subject matter to be covered by the project to be expanded.
After Ouaga, next stop for the Sectrans-NAS caravan will be Mali