KAMPALA, Uganda, September 28, 2010/African Press Organization (APO)
The 3rd Workshop on the East African Transport Strategy and Regional Road Sector Development Programme is set to take place 29 September to 1 October 2010 at the Imperial Botanical Beach Hotel in Entebbe, Uganda.
Stakeholders involved in national transport planning, regional integration matters from all the Partner States, as well as officials from the EAC Secretariat, and Members of the East African Legislative Assembly will attend the workshop.
A team of consultants tasked with designing the Strategy will present on the regional transport status quo, as well as a projection of how this will evolve and the interventions required to facilitate regional transport over the next ten years.
The workshop will provide a platform for regional stakeholders to critique and amend the Strategy, whose objective is to identify regional strategic priorities and resources for transport sector development and operational needs for the medium term.
The project is divided into two parts: the EAC Transport Strategy and the EAC Regional Road Sector Development Program.
After commencing mid-2009, two workshops have been held to report back on progress of the project. In October 2009, in Nairobi, Kenya a workshop was held and the focus was on the proposed project methodology.
In April 2010, in Arusha, Tanzania, an interim feedback was provided on findings made and further data was obtained to refine the analysis. The project is nearing its completion with a draft Strategy and Roads Sector Development Program in place.
The Entebbe workshop responds to the requirement of the Terms of Reference to present the draft Transport Strategy to a regional stakeholders’ workshop. The Strategy reflects the consultants’ analysis, findings and recommended priority interventions.
There are a number of regional initiatives at various stages of development, most of which are accommodated in the Strategy but also some which have been found, on transport economics principles, to be of a lower priority.
SOURCE: East African Community (EAC)