African Clubs discuss road safety at annual FIA meeting in Zanzibar
Publication date: 07 September 2012
The FIA African Council of Touring & Automobile Clubs (ACTA) held its annual meeting on 4-6 September 2012, and was hosted by the Automobile Association of Tanzania (AAT) in Zanzibar. You will find here the FIA-ACTA newsletter for the event.
The top issue for discussion was road safety, and in particular, how best to tackle the high rate of accidents which continue to make Africa’s roads among the most dangerous in the world today. Indeed, fatalities have been on the rise, in particular in major cities across the continent.
At the meeting, FIA Region I President Werner Kraus stressed that the FIA’s Action for Road Safety campaign is an important opportunity for African Clubs to learn from global best practices. He encouraged all FIA African Clubs to make applications for FIA Action for Road Safety grants to help tackle this issue.
New ACTA Chairman and President of AA Uganda, John Mutenda, along with the FIA Region I President, Werner Kraus, the AA Tanzania President, Nizar Jivani, President of AA Zimbabwe J.P. Jacobs, and the FIA Region I Director General, Jacob Bangsgaard.
He noted that over the past ten years, fatalities in the European Union have dropped by 43%. He said that similar progress in Africa will require a focus on improved vehicle and road safety, better emergency response services, improved road safety management, a focus on training, and perhaps most important of all, strict legislation on seatbelts, speeding and drink-driving.
Also under discussion was the development of new services for African Automobile Clubs and work on new business ideas to further grow membership and revenues in the region.
Representing the Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile was FIA Region I President Werner Kraus and FIA Region I Director General Jacob Bangsgaard. FIA ACTA delegates in attendance came from Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Botswana, South Africa, Nigeria, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Malawi and Zambia. Also present was the AA Tanzania President, Nizar Jivani, the Zanzibar Police Commissioner, Mussa Ali Musa, and Mohammed Ben Sulayem, ATCUAE President and Chairman of the Arab Council of Touring and Automobile Clubs (ACTAC).
FIA Region I President, Werner Kraus, along with the AA Tanzania President, Nizar Jivani
At the meeting, the AA Kenya President David Njoroge stood down from his role as ACTA Chairman. On behalf of the FIA, Mr Kraus thanked him for his tireless work since 2009 to strengthen the network of FIA African Clubs. He is now replaced by the President of AA Uganda, John Mutenda.