AfDB Transport Forum 2015: Sustainable Transport for an Integrated Africa
|Location:||Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire|
The first African Development Bank Transport Forum will bring together high-level government representatives, experts, development partners, international organizations, the private sector, academia, NGOs and other stakeholders to discuss the key issues and challenges facing the transportation sector on the African continent.
Transport costs on the African continent are among the highest in the world, both for passenger travel and movement of freight. For African countries, it’s often easier and cheaper to trade with the rest of the world than with each other. The challenge in the transport sector is also social, as 40% of Africa’s population lives more than two kilometres from an all-season road.
How can we facilitate the movement of people and goods to meet the increasing needs of producer and consumer markets in Africa? How can we facilitate reliable, safe, sustainable and inclusive travel, both locally and internationally? These questions and more will be at the heart of the two days of debate and discussion, which will be animated by more than 30 high-level speakers.
The Forum will be opened by the President of the African Development Bank, Akinwumi Adesina; the Minister of Transport of the Republic of Côte d’Ivoire, Gaoussou Touré; the Minister of Economic Infrastructure of the Republic of Côte d’Ivoire, Patrick Achi; and the Minister of Transport of the Republic of Mali, Mamadou Hachim Koumaré.
The Forum will be a key moment to share best practices and experiences, promote research and development, and stimulate continental business and professional networking amongst the expected 250 participants.
Through the prism of regional integration and national connectivity, the speakers will also highlight the new challenges facing the continent, through the following five thematic topics:
- Innovative Financing
- Regional Integration and International Connectivity
- Urban Transport
- Road Safety
These are a few of the many topics that will be discussed in the course of five plenary panel discussions and some nine parallel sessions during the forum.
For more information, please contact: ATF20152@AFDB.ORG or visit http://www.afdb.org/atf2015
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