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The first African Development Bank Transport Forum will take place on November 26-27, 2015 at the headquarters of the African Development Bank, in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, under the theme “Sustainable Transport for an Integrated Africa”.
The Forum is a key moment to share best practices and experiences, promote research and development, and stimulate continental business and professional networking.
It will bring together high-level government representatives, experts, development partners, international organizations, the private sector, academia, NGOs and other selected stakeholders.
How do we facilitate the movement of people and goods for increasing producer and consumer markets in Africa? How do we facilitate reliable, safe, sustainable and inclusive travel, both locally and internationally? These questions are at the heart of our two days of debate and discussion, which will be animated by more than 30 high-level speakers.
Through the prism of regional integration and national connectivity, the speakers will also highlight the new challenges faced by the continent, through the following five thematic topics:
These are just a few of topics to be discussed in the course of five plenary panel discussions and nine parallel sessions, detailed here in the program.
The AfDB Transport and ICT Department (OITC) provides assistance to the African Development Bank’s regional member countries (RMCs) in the form of loans and grants to finance transport and ICT projects and programs. The Department also undertakes analytical and advisory activities to underpin lending programs and support policy dialogue with RMCs to formulate and implement transport, ICT, and urban development sector reforms ensuring that best practices are mainstreamed in policy, planning, programming, institutional governance, and maintenance and operation.
AfDB transport investments are aligned with the Bank’s operational priorities and support the twin objectives of green and inclusive growth of its Ten Year Strategy (2013-2022). The transport projects funded by the Bank stimulate socio-economic development on the continent by providing safe and efficient movement of goods and people; contributing to regional integration, and promoting urban-rural connectivity.
Each year the AfDB commits US $1.7 billion toward the financing of transportation infrastructure and currently has a portfolio of more than 100 transport projects under implementation in 44 countries representing more than US $10 billion in commitments.
Over 50 professionals including engineers, planners, infrastructure economists, socio-economists, financial analysts, and policy and regulatory specialists work in the AfDB Transport & ICT Department. The AfDB Transport and ICT Department specializes in formulating and designing infrastructure projects, providing policy advice, disseminating best practices and bringing synergies between development partners and the public and private sector.
The AfDB Transport Forum 2015 will take place at the Bank’s headquarters in the CCIA Building, Plateau, Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire.
This event is by invitation only.