Africa’s Transport Development at the center of the 3rdAU Conference of Ministers of Transport
Malabo, Equatorial Guinea, 10th April 2014: Ministers and delegated authorities responsible for transportation from the African Union Member States converged forthe Third Session of the African Union Conference of African Ministers of Transport (CAMTIII), which kicked off on 10thApril 2014, at Sipopo, Malabo, Equatorial Guinea.
Organized under the theme “Speeding-up Transport Program Delivery for Facilitating Africa's Economic Growth”,by the Africa Union Commission (AUC) and hosted by the Government of Equatorial Guinea, CAMTIII aims to take stock of the progress made to-date and determine the way forward for the new measures to accelerate the development of transport infrastructure and services in Africa.
AU Commissioner for Infrastructure and Energy, Dr. Elham M. Ibrahim, in her address at the opening ceremony, noted the conference is“taking place in a particular context where Africa is engaged in economic transformation for the prosperity of its citizens". She added that the adoption of the Program of Infrastructure Development in Africa (PIDA) is an important milestone of Africa’s development agenda.
The Commissioner informed the conference of theexistenceat AUC of fourteen (14) Ministerial Specialized Technical Committees (STCs), multi-sectoral organs which are to replace Ministerial meetings from 2014. She explained that the CAMTIII, for first time, is convened as a Sub-Committee of the STC No. 4 on Transport, Transcontinental and Interregional Infrastructure, Energy and Tourism. This new development isto ensure that consultative and decision-making meetings are held as efficiently as possible, the Commissioner added(See the full speech of the Commissioner on the AU website http://www.au.int)
Addressing the Conference, Hon. FranciscoMbaOloBahamonde, Minister of Transport, Technology and Telecommunication of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea, highlighted the importance of the event as transportation is and will continue to have great and profound impact on all the sectors of social, economic and cultural life on states and people in the Continent.
Sharing the experience and progress achieved by Equatorial Guinea in the field of infrastructure and transport services, Hon. Bahamondeemphasised on the will and decision of the Government of Equatorial Guinea to create and build appropriate transport facilities, which are fundamental and indispensable elements for the socio-economic and cultural development of the people of Equatorial Guinea in particular and the African continent as a whole.(See the full speech of the Minister on the AU website http://www.au.int
CAMTIII will consider and adopt the Report of the Experts Sessionheld on 7-9 April, which focuses on sub-sectors instruments including: the Intergovernmental Agreement on Road Standards and Norms for the Trans-African Highways, the African Road Safety Charter, Vision 2040 for Railway Development in Africa; andRegulatory instruments for the Yamoussoukro Decision on the liberalisation of Air Transport Markets in Africa.
It will also consider and decide on: Accelerating the ratification and implementation of the African Maritime Transport Charter and the Constitution of the CAFCAC, Implementation of the Plans of Action of the transport modes; and Implementation of the PIDA transport component.
The Conference was attended by: African Ministers responsible for Transport, Heads of African regional and continental transport specialized institutions, CEOs of national authorities of road, port facilities, airports and railways;African Union Commission, NEPAD Planning and Coordination Agency, Regional Economic Communities, African Development Bank, United Nations Economic Commission for Africa, international technical organizations, regional and international financial organizations and various development partners.
CAMTIII recommendations will be submitted for consideration and adoption at the next regular session of the Executive Council and the Assembly of Heads of State and Government of the Union in June 2014.