The two-day conference dubbed 'Smart Transport Infrastructures' involves 100 participants from United States (US), France, South Africa, Uganda and Tanzania among others.
Speaking during the event in Dar es Salaam yesterday, the National Institute for Transportation (NIT) Rector, Dr Zacharia Mganilwa urged the participants to discuss, share knowledge and then come up with implementable recommendations that would take forward the Tanzania’s transport sector.
Prof Mganilwa who represented the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Works, Transport and Communication said that both the Five-Year Development Plan and the National Transport Policy emphasise on extensive and efficient transport infrastructure as critical in ensuring effective functioning of the country's economy.
"It is in this context that the government of Tanzania aims to strongly focus on transport infrastructure development as an enabling sector of the economy," he said.
According to him, to fulfil the goal, there is a need to invest heavily in qualified transport experts to serve the country’s rising demand.
The government has been constantly improving transport sector for improving social-economic growth. “To be economically and financially well, the country should have the cost-effective transport sector,” Prof Mganilwa noted.
Dr George Makuke, the President of the Chattered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT), Tanzania Chapter said that Tanzania needed well trained transport and logistics professionals as well as a professional board to govern their activities like it is in other professions such as legal, accountancy and engineering.
“Mega infrastructures like roads, airports, expansion of ports of Dar es Salaam, Mtwara and Tanga and purchase of new ships to ply in Lakes Victoria, Nyasa and Tanganyika and revamping of the Air Tanzania means the logistics and transportation sector is growing and therefore needs special professional governance and coordination so that it can be part of economic uplifting to attain the middle income status,” he insisted.
For his part, head of B&F Global Co. Ltd, Bruno Kinyaga, who are the organisers of the summit said the conference also aimed to bring together experts and stakeholders to share expertise on how to use technology to solve various challenges facing transport sector.
He said that this year's summit themed “Better Transport planning and policies for smart infrastructure, from policy to application”.
The multidisciplinary conference also aims to support Tanzania’s Transport sector investment and reform process by leveraging innovative and cost-effective policies, practices and technologies.