The UITP Centre for Training and Addis Ababa City Roads Authority signed an agreement to support Addis Ababa public transport authority and operators with a customised Public Transport Development and Capacity Building Programme in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The programme is co-financed by the World Bank Group and will cover 21 training topics over a 6 month period till end of 2017. There were participants from different organisations including : Addis Ababa City Road and Transport Bureau; Public and Freight Transport Authority; Anbessa City Bus Service Enterprise ; Sheger Mass Transport Service Enterprise; Addis Ababa Road Traffic Management Agency; Transport Programs Management Office and Driver Vehicles Licensing Control Authority.
This is the first UITP activity in Ethiopia and it’s also the biggest training partnership for UITP in Africa so far.
The first 3 modules already organised focused on topics of regulation of public transport, taxis, urban planning, parking management, ICT & smart mobility and data collection, bus network design and operations planning. There will be 2 more modules in November and December.
To complement this programme, a delegation from Addis Ababa attended the ‘Capacity Building Training Programme: Leaders in Urban Transport’ held in Dubai, UAE, in April. Addis Ababa executives also joined a 7-day training programme in Istanbul, Turkey, last September which included a learning visit to Istanbul’s urban transport authority, operators and industry.
UITP Secretary General Alain Flausch shared that UITP is closely following the new developments in Addis Ababa for sustainable mobility. Mr Flausch continued to say that Addis Ababa could become a good example for other African cities with new initiatives and UITP is ready to give full support to those developments. Dr. Solomon Kidane, Director of Addis Ababa City Roads and Transport Authority underlined that Addis Ababa takes public transport as a priority to solve the congestion problem and they are very glad to partner with UITP.
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