Dar es Salaam, 21 March 2023 – Partners of the EU-funded project SOLUTIONSplus, the Africa Support and Investment Platform for E-mobility led by UNEP and TUMI E-bus Mission have teamed up to organize the first E-Mobility Forum in Dar es Salaam, from 20 to 24 March 2023.
The Forum provides a first-of-its-kind platform gathering the Tanzanian government, representatives from 17 African countries, e-mobility companies, research institutes, financiers, international institutions, and development organisations. The Tanzania E-mobility Day and the Africa Support and Investment Platform for E-Mobility were opened by Hon. Amos Makalla, Dar es Salaam Regional Commissioner, Dr. Mhede, the Chief Executive of the Dar Rapid Transit Agency (DART), and Jocelin Cornet, Head of Infrastructure and Regional programmes at the Delegation of the European Union to Tanzania and the East African Community (EAC).
“Dar es Salaam has made great strides with the BRT system, including non-motorised transport and consideration of first and last mile mobility. As we advance, we must keep spearheading the transition to an environmental-friendly energy mix, including electric energy solutions, for decent and people-centered urban mobility prioritising public and active mobility”, Dr. Mhede, the Chief Executive of the Dar Rapid Transit Agency (DART).
Facilitating multi-stakeholder exchange can ease the transition to sustainable and electric urban mobility in Tanzanian cities.
“Accompanying the green transition is a main priority of our cooperation with Tanzania. Finding sustainable solutions for urban transport in Tanzania is an important challenge that we are dedicated to co-finance and implement with DART. This Forum is an important milestone
to find concrete solutions with the private sector and the public institutions”, said Jocelin Cornet, Head of Infrastructure and Regional programmes at the Delegation of the European Union to Tanzania and the East African Community (EAC), responsible for the cooperation with Tanzania on urban mobility.
This Forum gives the opportunity to representatives from 17 Sub-Saharan African countries to exchange updates and learnings on e-mobility projects and policies deployed in their countries.
Interactive sessions allow participants to discuss opportunities for a gender transformative approach to e-mobility, to reap financing opportunities, and to address remaining challenges for accelerating the transition to e-mobility in Africa. In parallel, an Innovators Fair enables ten Tanzanian e-mobility companies to showcase a large variety of innovative electric vehicles and to get in touch with investors and international development partners.
Lastly, a strong focus on public transport electrification is put through an intense three-day training on electric buses, delivered by the UITP Academic to government and public transport operator representatives.
SOLUTIONSplus is an international flagship project funded under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme. SOLUTIONSplus brings together highly committed cities, industry, research, implementing organisations and finance partners and establishes a global platform for shared, public and commercial e-mobility solutions to kick start the transition towards low-carbon urban mobility. The project encompasses city level demonstrations to test different types of innovative and integrated e-mobility solutions, complemented by a comprehensive toolbox, capacity development and replication activities. Demonstration actions have been launched in Hanoi (Vietnam), Pasig (Philippines), Lalitpur/Kathmandu (Nepal), Kigali (Rwanda), Dar es Salaam (Tanzania), Quito (Ecuador), Montevideo (Uruguay), Madrid (Spain), Nanjing (China) and Hamburg (Germany).
In Dar es Salaam, the demonstration action promotes the electrification of three-wheelers providing feeder services to the Bus Rapid Transit system, tests pedal-assist electric bicycles for urban deliveries, provides capacity building on the electrification of diverse modes and policy advice to remove barriers to sustainable and electric urban mobility.
More information: https://www.solutionsplus.eu/
About the Delegation of the European Union to Tanzania and the East African Community
The Delegation of the European Union to Tanzania and the East African Community is a key actor in the relations between the European Union and Tanzania as well as the East African Community. In close coordination with EU Member States’ Heads of Missions, its role is to:
Share the values and interests of the European Union.
Promote fundamental rights, good governance and accountable democracy.
Support Tanzania’s development agenda and sustainable development goals for a better life
Stimulate inclusive growth, private sector and job creation.
Foster regional peace and stability, economic integration and trade development
The EU is a key partner in providing support for Infrastructure in Tanzania. In the transport sector, the EU supports the development of transport infrastructure, especially rural roads and regional transport corridors, and strengthens the technical and institutional capacity of authorities to define and implement effective and sustainable policies and maintenance strategies.
More information: www.eeas.europa.eu/tanzania/