Safari Club, Nairobi
Group photo at the end of the workshop on 15 June 2016
The Academic Sub-Committee of the Eastern Africa Transport Conference (EATC) held a two day workshop in Nairobi hosted by the Institute for Development Studies (IDS), University of Nairobi to deliberate on its role and prepare call for papers and presentations for the 2nd EATC conference to be held on 12-14th October 2016 at Kenyatta International Convention Centre (KICC), Nairobi. The conference will deliberate and reflect on the theme “Providing Safe Mobility for All: Challenges and Opportunities for Governments and Operators.”
The idea of EATC was born by the Kenyan University researchers and the leaders of Matatu Owners Association (MOA). The researchers had been collaborating with their colleagues in Tanzania and South Africa in carrying out research, organising and holding workshops in public transport besides having severally attended the Southern Africa Transport Conference (SATC). There being many unique experiences in public transport in the Eastern Africa region, the researchers and MOA leaders realised the need for similar forum in their region.
The first EATC with the theme of “Paratransit and Road Safety: Past, Present and Future” was a collaborative effort between a group of Kenyan academics and Kenya’s Matatu Owners Association (MOA). The conference in 2015 drew nearly 1200 participants from Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda. Included were East African Community (EAC) Secretariat, international organisations, government officials, academics, Non-Governmental Organisations, public transport operators and associations, and suppliers to the industry. A key recommendation from the conference was to provide opportunities for continued sharing of transport experiences and discussion of emerging issues in Eastern Africa. One of the ways of responding to this is the annual EATC.