The 2005 Annual Meeting of the Sub-Saharan Africa Transport Policy program (SSATP) - to take place in Bamako, Mali, in November 2005 - is a key strategic milestone for the program. The implementation of SSATP's Long-Term Development Plan (LTDP) for 2004-2007 is well underway, but challenges remain in converting policy lessons into practice. SSATP's member countries and partners also face new challenges, such as how to address the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and respond to new arrangements for donor funding. Moreover, the increasing interest in participating in the annual meeting requires a more strategic approach to its role and audience. To clarify the purpose and audience of the 2005 annual meeting, and to outline its results and activities, a planning retreat was held, on September 12-14 2005 at Abbey St-Gerard in Belgium. Participants reviewed the experiences of previous annual meetings and the suggestions made by members and partners for this year's meeting, assessed progress in implementing the SSATP LTDP, discussed some key development challenges for SSATP member countries and partners, and identified the people and organizations that SSATP must reach and influence. The attendees then identified and agreed on the strategic purpose, expected results, key participants and main activities of the 2005 Annual Meeting. This report details the program, participants, and outputs of the retreat.
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