CIDA contributed CAD $11 million to provide training, tour study and technical assistance focusing on transportation policy-making, multi modal transportation planning management and operation.
1) Project Introduction
- This was a training project funded by the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA). It began in April 1993 and was completed in March 2002, with a total funding of CAD $11 million.
- A consortium led by TTA and comprised of Hickling Corporation, Stanley Consulting Group Ltd., and CPCS International Ltd. was awarded a contract by CIDA though a competitive bidding process to be the Canadian executing agency for this training project. TTA played a leading role in managing and implementing this training project, in co-operation with the China State Development Planning Commission (SDPC) which was the Chinese executing agency designated by the Ministry of Commerce (MOCOM, CIDA's counterpart in China).
- The goals of the project were to:
- Generally assist the Government of China in strengthening its transport management, planning and operational practices through the provision of specialized training, transfer of technology and supply of training-related equipment.
- Specifically assist the State Development Planning Commission (SDPC) and the Ministry of Communications (MOC) in upgrading the skills of those responsible for transport in China through management training and technical assistance in comprehensive transport planning and feasibility studies.
- Provide support to the World Bank Inland Container Depot (ICD) project in Intermodal and container transport in senior management training, financial management training and technical assistance in environmental guidelines for ICDs, policy and regulations in container transport.
- The project provided the following training programs in the areas of:
- National transportation policy development and regulation;
- National transport database and transportation management information systems (TMIS);
- Transportation planning;
- GIS application for transportation planning and management;
- Intermodal transport operations and management;
- Feasibility studies involving investment decision-making for transport projects;
- Principles and practices of managing container transport and intermodal facilities;
- Highway asset management systems;
- Highway quality management;
- Highway project evaluation and management;
- Highway and bridge inspection and evaluation techniques;
- Highway and bridge management systems;
- Highway operations and maintenance;
- Environmental protection during highway construction operation.
2) Project Results
Four hundred and fifty people participated in these training programs in Canada, with their training period varying from three weeks to nine months depending on the topics. These trainees included senior and middle-level governmental officials, transportation planners, managers and engineers of different transportation modes, and managers of transportation companies. A transportation human resources development center was jointly established by the project and MOC and manpowered by the trainers trained under this project. The goal was to continue using the facilities and training materials developed under this project to provide the same kind of training in China beyond the project’s duration.