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The African Development Bank (AfDB) Group will host a Global Transport Knowledge Partnership (gTKP) Assembly and Workshop from 28 February to 1 March 2006 in Hotel Africa in Tunis.
The gathering, to be attended by government officials, representatives of development institutions and stakeholders in the transport sector from Africa, Asia, Europe, the Americas and other parts of the world, will be officially opened by the Tunisian Minister of Transport, Mr. Abderrahim Zouari.
The deliberations will focus on four major themes: Transport and Health, Transport and Exclusion, Demand Management and Employment and Income Opportunities as well as chart modalities for advancing the gTKP initiative for the promotion and dissemination of transport knowledge.
The gTKP is an initiative to promote and disseminate transport knowledge mainly in the developing world. It has developed a website where such transport related knowledge are posted for consultation by interested parties.
The crux of the initiative is that an efficient and reliable transport system is basic to national development and the pursuit of everyday life. However, development and dissemination of transport knowledge remain rudimentary and inaccessible to many decision makers in developing countries. The gTKP aims to bridge this information gap by providing a vehicle for the transfer of knowledge to decision makers and other transport sector stakeholders
It is generally accepted, for instance that improving knowledge in the understanding and working of the transport system would help improve the performance of the transport system. Significant benefits can accrue to society especially those in developing countries if decision makers have access to adequate information and data on transport in order to take the right decisions
The gTKP has evolved around other initiatives promoted by the United Kingdom Department for International Development (DFID), the World Bank Institute and the Asian Development Bank (AsDB) among others. It is recognized generally that there is a relationship between the availability of adequate infrastructure and the realization of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Poverty reduction strategy acknowledges the premise that access to transport facilities is a prerequisite to improving the quality of life. However, there is lack of adequate knowledge, data, and information on the role of transport to policy makers in order for them to make informed decisions.
Currently the activities of the gTKP, being sponsored at this point by the DFID, are focused on the development of partnerships and the expansion of information for the web site. The Department organized the inaugural workshop in London in January 2004 with a follow-up in July 2004 to examine this issue. A third workshop, hosted by the Asian Development Bank, was held in Manila (Philippines) in March 2005 to formally launch the partnership.
The gTKP 2006 annual assembly and workshop will provide the opportunity to participants to discuss the achievements over the last year and to help shape its future. Major speakers will include gTKP Chair, Peter O’Neill and a range of presentations from the AfDB, the World Bank, African Union, Asian Development Bank and the UN Economic Commission for Africa (ECA).