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FIA African Council meets to exchange best practices in Botswana

Publication date: 08 September 2011

African Motoring and Touring Clubs met to discuss business strategies and upcoming initiatives at the annual FIA African Council, held on 5 September – 7 September in Botswana. Apart from the hosts Botswana Club NETCARE 991 and their President Simon Modisaeman, other African Clubs in attendance came from Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, South Africa, Uganda, and Zimbabwe. FIA President Jean Todt was present for the discussions while from FIA Region I, President Werner Kraus and Director General Jacob Bangsgaard were also present.

The past year has been marked by the continuing development of African Clubs. New and expanded services are being established by many Clubs, as they continue to broaden the range of activities and services they offer. With its remarkable nature reserves, Botswana has huge potential as a tourist destination, and this is an area where African Clubs are eager to develop their services in the future.

Another key issue under discussion was road safety. African Clubs played a full role to support the launch of the UN Decade of Action this year with events held in Botswana, Kenya, South Africa, Tanzania and Uganda. These events helped to raise awareness of the need for all stakeholders to work together to improve road safety. Attention for these Clubs now turns to meeting the Decade’s ambitious goals.

Another important issue was the development of the new Region I office in Brussels. The office aims to facilitate closer coordination between European, African and Arab Clubs and more opportunities to learn from the different experiences of one another.

FIA Region I President Werner Kraus said that for 2012, the FIA would like to build on this work by encouraging more African motorsport clubs to become mobility clubs, offering a full range of services to their members including not only motorsport activities, but also breakdown repair services, travel advice, and so on.

African Council representatives at the meeting in Botswana

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