Infrastructure Development Studies » Transportation

Transportation is an essential infrastructure for the development of a country, the prosperity of its people and the increase of competitiveness at the international level. The majority of transportation investments in the OIC area took place before decades, and the necessary maintenance and repair work has been neglected. In addition, due to the conflicts, economic instability and political turmoil, the transportation infrastructure of some OIC member states is damaged or insufficiently developed.

Therefore, the development of an efficient transport infrastructure is one of the basic needs of the OIC area.

The OIC-2025 Programme of Action recognizes that the trade and transportation are inevitably interrelated and that the growing trade flows between OIC countries requires effective access to markets with reduced mobility costs. However, the analysis of transportation networks in OIC area highlights the pronounced connectivity gaps. Reducing trade costs and improving accessibility and mobility is not just a matter of building infrastructure. The policies that regulate transport service providers and the movement of goods along transport corridors are also important. In this regard, border-crossing procedures continue to be a significant barrier to trade and mobility in OIC geography.

In the field of transportation, the policy recommendations of SESRIC are structured to ensure that transport systems and frameworks of OIC member states adequately support the flow of goods, services and people, and that they are climate change resilient and support the overall competitiveness of the region. In this regard, SESRIC promotes the idea of well-connected OIC area, with modern and functional transport infrastructure, easier passage at border gates, faster foreign trade, and operational economic corridors that are widening the basis and opportunities for economic growth and welfare.