From Feet on the Ground to Eyes from the Sky

A major gap in the monitoring and evaluation of trade facilitation interventions has always been the availability of objective time-series data to illustrate the changes in border crossing times over time.  The accepted method in the region has been the use of ad hoc physical border monitoring/surveys by enumerators at border posts typically before and after a discrete intervention (also referred to as “choke monitoring and “constraints monitoring”).    This method involves surveyors doing physical observations of each process at a border post on a random sampling basis.  The critical limitation of this method is that it provides only ad hoc snapshots of border posts performance, the latter which is highly dynamic.  Extended physical surveys become extremely resource intensive and expensive.

To overcome some of the challenges, TMSA has over the past 2 years invested in the development of a sophisticated Corridor Monitoring System, and is able to convert raw GPS data (sourced from private sector transporters) into corridor intelligence.

Visit the North-South Corridor Monitoring System at

Queries can be directed to Wim van Schalkwyk, Information System Expert at TMSA:

North-South Corridor Monitoring System

Corridor Performance Monitoring

Early Closure of TMSA Programme: The Secretary of State of the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID) has decided to terminate its financial contribution to TradeMark Southern Africa (TMSA), as announced on 4 December 2013. As DFID is the sole financier of the TMSA programme of support to the COMESA-EAC-SADC Tripartite, TMSA will officially be closed from 17 March 2014 instead of 31 October 2014. For more information about the TMSA closure, and for a summary of some of the more notable successes of the Tripartite achieved with TMSA support, please click here