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Tuesday, November 29, 2016

STATEMENT FOR HON. PROF. MAKAME MBARAWA, MINISTER FOR WORKS, TRANSPORT AND COMMUNICATION OF THE UNITED REPUBLIC OF TANZANIA ON THE GLOBAL SUSTAINABLE TRANSPORT CONFERENCE, ASHGABAT, TURKMENISTAN ON 26TH NOVEMBER 2016

Mhe. Prof. Makame Mbarawa akiwa katika mazungumzo na Naibu Waziri wa Usafirishaji wa Oman Dkt. AHMED MOHAMMED SALEM AL-FITAISI pembezoni mwa mkutano wa wadau wausafirishaji unaoendelea nchini Turkeministan.




Your Excellency Ban Ki-moon, United Nations Secretary General;
Excellencies Heads of State and Government,
Excellencies High Commissioners, Ambassadors and other Members of the Diplomatic Corps;
Government Officials present here;
Distinguished Delegates;
Ladies and Gentlemen.

I am delighted to join all of you today in the first ever Global Sustainable Transport Conference. Before I proceed, let me extend Tanzania’s appreciation to the Goverment of Republic of Turkmenistan and people of Turkmenistan for their warm welcome and efforts they have taken to make this conference a success.
I also wish to commend H.E. Ban Ki-moon  for the initiative he took to conven the high-level event on a subject that is of great concern to all nations and people of the world - Sustainable transport sector.

Distinguished Delegates;
Ladies and Gentlemen.
Historically, transport has always been a driver of trade, economic growth, job creation and development. Nowadays, it is still a crucial component of innovative, socially-oriented, dynamic and sustainable progress. The main features of modern transport are its competitiveness, accessibility, environmental and safety.
Transport hubs and multimodal logistical centers are being built worldwide to connect people, services, producers and manufacturers. Connectivity – national and international - as a combination of transport, logistical, customs, financial and other services has become today’s paradigm of economic progress.

Excellencies,
Ladies and Gentlemen;
2016 is a significant year for transport as we begin to implement the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The inclusion of transport issues in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) is testament to the growing recognition that transport is essential for sustainable development. Transport plays a major role in this regard: poverty eradication, good health, sustainable cities and communities and climate action are some of the SDGs where Transport can make a difference.

Excellencies,
Ladies and Gentlemen;
The expert panel report delivered to the United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on 28th October, 2016 reaffirms the central role of sustainable transport systems to advance sustainable development. To achieve the SDGs, governments will need to invest in a transport system that enhances our quality of life and meets our current and future mobility needs. The transport systems should provide seamless mobility, transport and multimodal solutions between sea, lakes, air, roads and rivers to both urban and rural areas.

The future transport systems must be ready for the fourth industrial revolution where products, services and information technology merge and move together. We must make full use of multiple transport modes to facilitate the safe movement of people, goods, and information nationally, regionally and internationally.

Excellencies,
Ladies and Gentlemen;
I commend the report of the same expert panel on “Mobilizing Sustainable Transport for Development”. This report addresses the existing inefficiencies and unsustainable investments in global, national and local transport systems. The report provides 10 recommendations on how governments, businesses and civil society should re-direct resources in the transport sector to advance sustainable development.

Modern transport systems must have users at their core. They must give due consideration to mobility; accessibility; affordability; safety; sustainability; equity; efficiency; liability; and environmental protection. It is a tall order. For example, to ensure mobility, the users must have reliable, integrated, and flexible travel choices. Transport systems should enhance public safety and security in all modes of travel; they must avoid a disproportionately adverse impact on low income, elderly, minority, or disabled populations. They must also provide equitable levels of funding and transportation services to all areas, communities, and socio-economic groups.

In the spirit of the Sustainable Development Goals: We must leave no one behind when talking about transport solutions. Transport systems must also support liveable community concepts and efforts and reflect community values while integrating land use and transportation planning.

Excellences,
Ladies and Gentlemen;
The transport sector is the largest consumer of petroleum products and a major source of air pollution, greenhouse gases and ozone-depleting substances. While many initiatives are being taken to address these issues, much needs to be done to ensure the environmental sustainability of the sector. This includes promoting energy efficient modes of transportation and improving the efficiency of freight logistic services.

I see many opportunities in transport to cut emissions of greenhouse gases. It is not only good for our climate. Innovations in sustainable transport have proven to bring economic added value as well.  According to the International Energy Agency, the world can save no less than 70 trillion dollars between now and 2050 when we switch to sustainable transport and mobility.

Excellences,
Ladies and Gentlemen;
Tanzania attaches utmost importance to the outcomes of this conference and will continue to be actively and positively engaged into its work for the benefit of dynamic and sustainable development and increased regional connectivity.
Let me concluded, by assuring you that Tanzania stands ready to cooperate with its regional blocks and the entire world to fulfil this commitment and turn this vision into a reality.

Excellences,
Ladies and Gentlemen;
I wish us all a very fruitful conference and thank you for your attention.





 
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