, Arusha Tanzania, Aug 26 – More than 120 transport stakeholders from East Africa are attending a two-day conference on sustainable transport system that opened on Wednesday at the EAC Secretariat in Arusha, Tanzania.
The conference is discussing a wide range of issues including among others road safety; facilitation of the disabled to access transport services; urban traffic congestion; sustainable funding of transport systems; developing regional transport corridors and inter-modality of Seaports-Rail-Road, according to a communiqué from the secretariat.
The meeting is being conducted in collaboration with the United States Department of Transport (US-DoT) as part of the ongoing cooperation between EAC and US-DoT aimed at improving transport infrastructure services in the region.
“The workshop was mooted during the first retreat of the EAC Ministers held in Kampala, Uganda in April 2008,” said the Secretariat statement.
“During that retreat, EAC, USA-DoT and US Trade and Development Agency signed a Memorandum of Cooperation (Kampala-MoC) in which it was agreed that the three institutions would dialogue with a view to sharing best practices that would reduce high transportation costs in the region.”
In November 2008, a high level delegation consisting of EAC Ministers responsible for Transport and EAC Secretariat officials visited Washington D.C as part fulfillment of the Kampala MoC and this Arusha conference is a continuation of this cooperation.
The EAC Directorate of Corporate Communications and Public Affairs says: “The US delegation at the conference are sharing experience with the EAC Partner States’ delegates on how these challenges could be overcome and where possible the methodologies could be replicated in the region.”
The USA delegation include among others; Dr Adiele Nwankwo, Senior Vice President, Parsons Brinckerhoff, USA; Shirley Delibero, President DeLibero Transport Strategies, LLC; Roscoe Brown of the Indianapolis Public Transportation Corp; Ron Boenau, Kay Nordstrom and Michael Gordon from the US Department of Transportation, Federal Transit Administration and Maritime respectively; Dwayne Sampson, Superintendent of Maintenance Operations, New York City Transit Authority; Gary Flunoy, from Valley Metro Rail, Phoenix,” says the Secretariat.
Eng Abdulrazaq A. Ali, Permanent Secretary in Kenya’s Ministry of Transport and Marie Claire Mukasine Infrastructure PS for Rwanda are also in attendance.