SSATP Annual MeetingDaniele D'Onofrio
The Africa Transport Policy Program (SSATP) is an international partnership aiming to boost 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), so as to address the above challenges and unleash the transport research potential of these institutions.
Its 2018 Annual General Meeting (AGM) took place in Abuja, Nigeria from 2 to 6July , 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 plan and share knowledge under a Transport Forum platform. Hosting approximately 200 participants from 41 member countries, including ministers, permanent secretaries and directors, it was the second meeting under the Third Development Plan (DP3).
On 4 July 2018 Mr Eduard 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). Mr Fernández presented another project, funded by CITA itself, about the development and integration into CITA’s website of a compilation software to obtain a link between vehicles registration date and minimum requirements for type approval. He also explained CITA contribution to the Safer-Africa project led by the University of Rome La Sapienza.
Finally, he introduced the latest CITA recommendations (Nno. 19, 20 and 21), and announced the new CITA’s 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