Zimbabwe has made a commitment to contribute towards the sustainable post-2020 road safety agenda in Africa by putting in place measures aimed at curbing the death toll and accelerating the upgrading of the country’s road network.

With only 2.3 percent of the world’s vehicles, Africa has the highest road traffic fatality rates in the world at 26.6 per 100,000 population.

Every day an approximate number of 650 people die on Africa’s roads, and half of these involve vulnerable road users such as pedestrians and motorcyclists.

Under Africa’s Transport Policy Program(SSATP), the continent is targeting to deliver safe, sustainable and efficient transport.

Speaking at the just concluded 2019 Africa Transport Policy Program General Meeting in Victoria Falls, Transport and Infrastructural Development Minister, Joel Biggie Matiza said, the country is working on establishing a master plan which seeks to promote road safety.

SSATP Program Manager Ibou Diouf noted that the continent is looking forward to the implementation of the SSATP for a development plan which seeks to promote regional connectivity, sustainable urban mobility and strengthening road asset management.

“The major goal is to position the continent for effective road safety action post-2020 is key if Africa is to curb the death toll on its roads and the ensuing socioeconomic impacts that are harming the continent’s development,” he said.

World Bank Practice Manager of East Africa, Benedict Eijbergen highlighted the financial institution’s commitment to securing Africa’s roads as an engine for sustainable growth.

“Without sustained action, road traffic crashes are predicted to become the seventh leading cause of death by 2030,” he said.

Participants at the meeting agreed on the need for member countries to ratify the African Union Road Safety Charter, adoption of corridor-based infrastructure development strategies and the implementation of the Single Air Transport market project.