Zimbabwe Hosts SSATP's 2019 Annual General Meeting in Victoria Falls
Hosted by Zimbabwe’s Ministry of Transport and Infrastructural Development, the 2019 SSATP Annual Meeting took take place in Victoria Falls on November 25-29, 2019. The central theme of this year’s SSATP General Assembly taking place on November 29th was “Positioning Africa for a Sustainable Post-2020 Road Safety Agenda.”
As the last annual meeting of SSATP's Third Development Plan (DP3), this important forum was crucial for SSATP stakeholders, providing a unique opportunity to help design and shape the future of the Program. Sessions served to validate the new strategic framework of the Fourth Development Plan (DP4) and prioritize a sound Program for the next strategy cycle. Furthermore, the AGM provided a unique opportunity to hold discussions aimed at addressing Africa’s most pressing transport challenges and policy development issues. Below is an overview of the Annual Meeting program:
- November 25-27, 2019: Cross-fertilization through specialized technical sessions under each of the three SSATP pillars (regional integration, urban mobility and road safety);
- November 28, 2019: Lessons from the implementation of DP3 and discussions on the Concept Note of the Fourth Development Plan (DP4);
- November 29, 2019: General Assembly to approve the way forward regarding the finalization of DP4 and welcoming new members.
The General Assembly is the main official meeting of the AGM. On this day, SSATP hosted several flagship events around the road safety pillar. After the opening ceremony - which was inaugurated by Zimbabwe’s Minister of Transport together with a representative from the World Bank, the European Commission, and the AUC and UNECA’s representative on the SSATP Executive Committee - there was an awards ceremony to recognize the winners of the African Road Safety Observatory’s #Roads4Life Storytelling Contest. This was immediately followed by a high-level panel that set the stage for actions countries should undertake to ensure progress towards a sustainable post-2020 road safety agenda in Africa. At this event, delegates confirmed the Republic of Djibouti as the 42nd SSATP member country.
The AGM convened approximately 230 participants, including experts and high-level officials from the donor community, international and continental organizations, and the ministries of transport of 36 SSATP member countries.
The annual meeting not only provided a useful platform to discuss the continental progress achieved thus far, and advocate for needed reforms, but also served as a forum for sharing knowledge, lessons learned, and experiences that can help advance the continent’s transport agenda going forward.
Click here to view the official proceedings of SSATP's 2019 Annual General Meeting.