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The Government has set aside $500,000 to develop a national repository in the Ministry of Transport and Mining.

The trifold repository will comprise the Transport Statistics Database, Transport Research Databank, and the Geographic Information System (GIS) database.

Funding for the undertaking has been made available in the 2019/2020 Estimates of Expenditure, which was tabled in the House of Representatives on February 14.

The allocation will go towards developing functional requirements for the repository, purchasing relevant hardware and software, and developing a joint interface and facilitating interconnectivity among the databases.

In addition, the Transport Research Databank and Transport Statistics Database are to be designed and implemented.

As at December 2018, the Terms of Reference has been drafted for the engagement of consultancy.

The project, which commenced in July 2017, is scheduled to end in March 2021.