SSATP Annual MeetingDaniele D'Onofrio
The Africa Transport Policy Program (SSATP) is an international partnership who aims to facilitate policy development and related capacity-building in the transport sector in Africa. Hosted by the World Bank Group, it has taken the lead for the establishment of a research network of African universities, in association with the World Conference on Transport Research Society (WCTRS) and the World Research Institute (WRI), to address the above challenges and unleash the transport research potential within these institutions.
Its 2018 Annual Meeting (AGM), is taking place in Abuja, Nigeria (from July 2-6, 2018).
The AGM is conformed to the Governance of the Program, which calls for representatives of all official member countries to meet annually to review the progress of the Program, confirm its annual work program and share knowledge under a Transport Forum platform.
Hosting approximately 200 participants from 41 member countries, at the level of Ministers, permanent secretaries and directors, this is the second meeting under the Third Development Plan (DP3).
Yesterday (4th July 2018) Mr. E. Fernández, CITA Executive Director, took part at the event presenting the last CITA’ activities in the African continent. He showed the first steps of the project that CITA has developed together with the GRSF of the World Bank in Togo. This project aims to reduce deaths caused by road accidents, and CITA is contributing in the assessment of vehicle inspection systems (vehicles roadworthiness). Another project presented, this time founded by CITA itself, was the development and integration into CITA website of a compilation software to obtain a link between vehicles’ registration date and minimum approval requirements. He also explained the CITA contribution in the SaferAfrica project (www.saferafrica.eu), leaded by Universita’ La Sapienza di Roma.
Finally, he introduced the last CITA recommendations (No. 19, 20 & 21), and announced the new CITA Regional Advisory Group Africa (RAG A) meeting, which will be held on Monday 29 and Tuesday 30 October 2018 in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso.
SSATP is an international partnership of over 40 African countries, Regional Economic Communities, continental institutions (African Union Commission), U.N. agencies (United Nations Economic Commission for Africa), public and private sector organizations, and international development agencies and organizations. SSATP is funded by European Commission, French development Agency, African Development bank and Swiss Secretariat of Economic Cooperation and hosted by the World Bank’s Transport and ICT Global Practice.
For more information about SSATP, please visit: www.ssatp.org