Call for Papers: Growing Africa through an effective public transport system

Deadline: 30 April 2014 - 12:00am

Dates: 1 - 4 October 2014

Where: Johannesburg

From Dakar to Abidjan, from Nouakchott to Khartoum, from Accra to Addis Ababa, from N’Djamena to Windhoek, from Brazzaville to Nairobi, or from Luanda to Dar Es Salaam, so almost everywhere in sub-Saharan Africa, the landscape of urban public transport, with few exceptions, conveys us toward the negative image of an old, dilapidated, insecure, polluted sector that is unproductive. This dark observation raises questions about the actual contribution of the public transport sector to economic growth in Africa, to the reduction of poverty, which constitutes one of the major development goals for the millennium, and since the last decade, the main focus of donors. Given this reality, the question now is whether, with regard to African cities, public transport systems can be set up to effectively develop and produce a lasting positive impact on the growth of cities.

The city of Johannesburg (South Africa) will host for the second consecutive time, from 1 to 4 October 2014, the Congress of the African Association of Public Transport (UATP), African Division of the International Union of Public Transport (UITP). This 3rd edition of the UATP Congress and Exhibition will be held with the support of the UITP in collaboration with Gautrain Management Agency (GMA) and the Department of  Roads and Transport (DRT) of the province of Gauteng. The Third Congress of UATP, whose central theme is “Growing Africa through an effective public transport system” offers the opportunity for delegates to understand in depth the relationship between “urban growth” and”efficient public transport systems “based on these key issues. It also gives an opportunity for UATP to pursue the goals it has set for itself, including the promotion and development of public transport in Africa following a progress pace, while remaining in the dynamic of ” PTx2″ by 2020 and the initiative” Grow with Public Transport “of UITP. The conference themes will include the following:

  • Urbanization and public transport policy;
  • The urban public transport market in Africa;
  • The taxi industry (taxis and minibuses) and mass public transport;
  • Green transport and electric bus industry development in African cities and
  • Rail transport and urban transport
Communications or papers will focus on one or more topics as detailed in the sub-themes and make concrete proposals to help answer the central question. The abstract of the paper to be transmitted must be of 300 to 400 words (about one page), integrate a rough plan of presentation, include a short biography and a photo of the author. Paper proposals are expected no later than 30 April, 2014, to the secretary’s office of the Scientific Committee at the following address: uatp@uitp.org.
Those selected by the Scientific Committee shall be notified by 30 June, 2014. Each speaker will have 15 minutes for their presentation, which will be in power point format (template will be sent to speakers selected). For more information in French and English click here.
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