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Discussions on transport issues

Ana Madigibuli
Friday, November 16, 2012

MAJOR issues discussed at the National Transport Consultation Forum at the Novotel Convention Centre in Lami focused on traffic management, sustainable transport for inclusive development, balancing fuel demand and renewable energy in the transport sector.

Permanent secretary for Works, Transport and Public Utilities Commander Francis Kean said the key milestone of the forum was to develop a communiqué highlighting the key resolutions agreeable to all stakeholders present at the end of the two-day conference.

He said the key resolutions raised would be pursued by the Ministry of Works, Transport and Public Utilities next year.

"This is the eleventh year of the conference and for the first time has attracted keynote speakers from overseas in both the land and maritime sector," Cdr Kean said. "The attendance of local intellectuals and representatives from the transport industry to address the conference makes the annual event interesting and challenging to both the private sector and government stakeholders."

He said the ministry, in consultation with other government departments and the transport industry stakeholders, successfully managed to translate majority of the 2011 resolutions into policy.

"This includes reviews of the Land Transport Act, Marine Act, Fares and Freights Charges, National Oil Spill plan and the review of the search and rescue manual spearheaded by the Defence Ministry," he said.