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Development of institutional capacities, human resources management and good governance

Cotonou (Benin), 21-23 March 2007

Seminar organised by the Beninese Organizing Committee and the TC 1.3 "Performance of Road Administrations".

Opening ceremony

  • Minister of Public Works, Benin
  • PIARC Secretary General
  • Chairman of PIARC TC 1.3
  • Beninese Organizing Committee
    (general presentation of the seminar) 

Session 1 -Institutional Capacity Building (presentations and debates)

Chairman : Kjell Bjorvik - General overview of the issue

Defining Institutional Capacity Building

James Odeck (Norway) 

Review of road sector projects in developing countries

Marit Due Langaas (Norway)

Case study 1 - Botswana

Boitshwarelo M. Mokgethi (Botswana)

Case study 2 - Tanzania

Hagai K.S. Bishanga (Tanzania) 

Case study 3 - Benin

Gérard Codja (Benin)

Session 2 - Human Resources Management and Training

Part 1 - Aims of session: Têlé David Olodo (Benin)

Global perspective

Martin Fletcher (Nelle-Zélande)

AGEPAR Contribution

Tchona Idossou ( AGEPAR Coordinator)

Case study 1 : Uganda

Peter Ssebanakitta, Commissioner for Roads, Ministry of Works, Housing and Communications Uganda

Case study 2 : Benin

Epiphane Wankpo (Benin) 

Case study 3 : South Africa 

Heidi Harper (TC 1.3) 

Part 2 - Introduction to the workshops: Paul Van der Kroon (Chair du TC 1.3/wg2)

 Groups proposed by Benin on the following:

  1. Public procurement, human resources management in African Institutions,
  2. performance based management,
  3. contract management
  4. training of the operators in the maintenance sector, road infrastructure, operation in developing countries.

The 4 chairmen of French speaking group are:

  • Théodore Glèlè (Benin)
  • Hêmianon Kakpo (Benin)
  • Bernard Letarte (Canada-Quebec)
  • Jean Mathieu Mbaucaud (Congo)

The chairman of the English speaking group is Martin Fletcher (New Zealand) 

Case study 4: Congo 

Jean Mathieu Mbaucaud (Congo)

Part 3 - Report from the group workshops

Part 4 - Introduction to identification of top barriers and potential solution for each barrier

(This part of the session is to give the speakers in the case studies about 10 mn in applying to the potential solution of their cases)

Case study 1 : Uganda

Peter Ssebanakitta (TC 1.3)

Case study 2 : Benin

Epiphane Wankpo (Benin) 

Case study 3 : Afrique du Sud

Heidi Harper (TC 1.3) 

Introduction to the Workshops : Paul Van der Kroon (Chair TC1.3/Wg2)

Working Groups on the following themes :

  • Public procurement, human resources management in African Institutions,
  • performace based management,
  • contract management,
  • training of the operators in the maintenance sector, road infrastructure operation in developing countries.

Identification of the top barriers to overcome their particular skill/capacity shortage; what are the potential solutions for each barrier

Session 3 - Governance and Institutional Integrity

Chairing : Théodore Glèglè (Benin)

Presentation on the issue of governance

Olaf Vroom (TC 1.3)

The views of the European Union on the issues of Integrity 

Madina Fassassi (EU)

Presentation from Indonesia

Sumaryanto Widayatin

Presentation from Ivory Coast

Toussaint Aguy (Ivory Coast ) 

Institutional integrity from an African point of view

Ambroise Ouedraogo (Burkina Faso) 

Presentation from Benin 

Gualbert Koudogbo (Benin) 

Roundtable on Institutional Integrity

Chairman : Olaf Vroom

Conclusions of the Seminar Paul Van der Kroon

Technical visits


Technical visits organized by the Beninese Organizing Committee (see details in French version)