TRANSAID WINS CONTRACT TO IMPROVE ROAD SAFETY ON EAST AFRICAN TRADE CORRIDOR
22 March 2012
Transaid, in partnership with Transport Research Laboratory (TRL) and the National Institute of Transport in Tanzania (NIT) has been awarded a technical assistance contract by the World Bank to improve road safety for commercial freight along (Tanzania, Rwanda, Burundi portion of ) the Central Corridor.
Transaid will work closely with the Central Corridor Trade and Transport Facilitation Agency (CCTTFA) and other stakeholders to promote cooperation between the road transport operators and the public authorities along this key trade route.
The programme aims at enhancing road safety along this vital trade corridor by improving the professional qualifications of truck drivers as well as identifying and promoting the dissemination of good road safety practices.
In addition, the programme will look at minimising road hazards at the border crossings between Tanzania, Rwanda and Burundi.
Gary Forster, Transaid Chief Executive said: “We are delighted to have been awarded this contract and look forward to working with our partners, and the Central Corridor Trade and Transport Facilitation Agency, to address this most important issue. This project represents everything which Transaid stands for: increasing the capacity of the transport and logistics sector to operate effectively, efficiently and safely.”
The Central Corridor's road safety programme forms part of the Sub-Saharan Africa Transport Policy Program (SSATP) which supports, among its other objectives, the identification and prioritisation of interventions that would help reduce trade costs along key corridors in Sub-Saharan Africa.
Note to Editor:
Transaid (www.transaid.org) is an international development agency that aims to improve people’s quality of life in the developing world by making transport more available and affordable. It was founded by Save The Children and the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (UK) and works by sharing skills and knowledge with local people to enable them to put in place and manage efficient transport systems.
Transaid’s core work includes creating transport management systems for the public sector and assisting with the provision of professional driving qualification development and the training of driver trainers. It also assists with teaching preventive vehicle maintenance management and introducing local, low cost transport solutions including its innovative bicycle ambulance. Transaid also helps promote HIV, AIDS and road safety awareness and shares its specialist knowledge with the humanitarian aid sector.
Transaid enjoys strong backing from the transport and logistics industry and the active involvement of its patron, HRH The Princess Royal.
For further press information:
Chantelle Cummings at Transaid +44 (0)20 7387 8136
James Keelerat Garnett Keeler +44 (0)20 8647 4467