When it comes to Africa's development, the transport sector plays a crucial role. It is in the common interest and shared responsibility of the African governments and the international community to work together to initiate a change of direction towards a climate-neutral and socially equitable design of the transport sector.
In China, the US and Europe, there is consensus for the transport sector to move away from fossil fuel-based mobility. So, will dirty fossil fuel used vehicles continue to be shipped to African countries and will the growing demand for mobility lead to a shift of emissions from the North to the South? Or will African and international stakeholders join forces to leapfrog to sustainable transport, such as electric motorcycles and buses, in line with the SDGs and the Paris Climate Agreement?
In response to these pressing questions, the joint event by the Government of Kenya, GIZ, UNDP and the think tank Agora Transport Transformation aims to initiate a dialogue with African leaders and change-makers. Such a dialogue is urgently needed to leapfrog to sustainable transport in Africa.