The link to the 15 Video Clip on the Workshop:


The UATP jointly with UNEP and the Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure, Kenya organized a two day training workshop on “Promoting Soot-Free and Sustainable Public Transport in Africa” on 30 - 31 May, 2016 at Crowne Plaza Hotel.

Over 60 participants from ten African cities (Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire; Johannesburg, South Africa; Dakar, Senegal; Accra, Ghana; Lagos, Nigeria; Addis, Ethiopia; Kampala, Uganda; Windhoek, Namibia; Libreville, Gabon; and Nairobi and Kisumu, Kenya) and national government agencies responsible for transport policy and regulation, private sector public transport operators, civil society and research institutions involved in sustainable transport were in attendance. International players from FOT Consulting based in South Africa, ZF Technologies of Germany and UITP Turkey provided technical expertise to the workshop.

 The objectives of the workshop were to:

  • Promote soot-free and good environmental public transport practices;
  • Share the main mobility issues in sub-regions of Africa;
  • Share with city governments, key stakeholders and government agencies the need to commit to procuring and licensing cleaner buses as part of a wider strategy to promote a safe, efficient, sustainable public transport system for  cities;
  • Enlighten stakeholders on how to manage paratransit operators and how to transform them from informal to formal sustainable operations;
  • Encourage governments to increase funding for sustainable public transport which in Africa, is largely operated by the private sector; and
  • Lobby for pro-public transport policies that discourage the growth of the private car to ease congestion.

The workshop made several recommendations you can see here.

Herewith some presentations made during the workshop:

  1. Role of Public Sector in Provision of Public Transport in Africa, Dr. Ousmane Thiam, Honorary President of UITP and UATP, Former President of CETUD, Dakar
  2. Global Efforts toward Soot Free Buses, Rob de Jong, Head, Transport Unit, UNEP, Nairobi, Kenya
  3. Experience of Johannesburg in adopting Cleaner, Low Emission Transport, Alex Bhiman, City of Johannesburg, Johannesburg, South Africa
  4. Buses ZF solutions for BRT, Thierry Dupin, Director, ZF, Friedrichshafen, Germany
  5. Vehicle Emissions Standards and Testing: the Case of Uganda, Benon Kajuna, Ministry of Works and Transport, Uganda
  6. Integrating the Informal Public transport operators into MRTS, Experience of Johannesburg, Chris Ncgobo, South Africa
  7. Organising and Regulating the Unorganised Public Transport System in Accra, Samson Gyamera, Managing Director, GATE, Accra, Ghana
  8. Transformation of Public Transport Industry in Developing Regions, Darko Skrbinsek, Managing Director, Future of Transport, Johannesburg, South Africa
  9. Governance and Financing Challenges, Oumar Diallo, Head of Capacity Building, CETUD, Dakar, Senegal