Global Gateway Knowledge Exchange Workshop at UITP Summit 2023: Paratransit capacity building and fleet renewal programs in the Latin America and Africa regions

Urban Transport & Mobility

Session 1 of the Global Gateway Knowledge Exchange Workshop @ UITP Global Public Transport Summit 2023

This session included short presentations of relevant experiences from Latin American and African cities to professionalize informal transport, drawing on important lessons learned in the areas of sustaining reforms over time (e.g. impact of commercial financing, bus operators’ corporate governance…), access to financing for bus renewal and working capital, as well as the role of government. The presentations of the case studies were followed by a panel discussion that delved deeper into the current challenges and opportunities associated with informal and semi-formal transit capacity building programs.

Paratransit and fleet renewal programs in Africa region (experiences of Dakar, Cape Town, Kigali, Kampala, Freetown, Maputo, Nairobi, Accra and Antananarivo),

  • Presenter 1 : Fatima Arroyo-Arroyo, World Bank, Sr. Urban Transport Specialist – World Bank and co-Pillar Leader Urban Mobility – SSATP

Paratransit and fleet renewal programs in the Latin America region.

  • Presenter 2: Abel López, Senior Transport Specialist, World Bank


  • Rokhaya Dieng, Chef de la Division Etudes générales et techniques, Conseil Exécutif des Transports Urbains de Dakar (CETUD) Dakar, Senegal.
  • John Mark Mwanika, Chair, ITF Urban Transport Committee, Uganda.
  • Dalene Campbell, Executive Director, Executive Director Urban Mobility, Cape Town, South Africa.
  • Gustavo Renaldi, Director of Environmental Impact, Ministerio de Transporte, Argentina.
  • Paola Tapia, Managing Director, Public Transport Authority of Santiago (DTPM), Chile.

Moderator: Eléonore François-Jacobs, Partnerships and Outreach Manager, MobiliseYourCity