« To do this, it is, in Our view, fundamental that african states set themselves realistic and pragmatic goals, based on the real priorities of the continent. Africa no longer needs ideological slogans, it needs concrete and resolute actions in the fields of peace, security and human development ».
Excerpts from the speech of his Majesty king Mohammed VI at the 29th Summit of African Union Heads of State and Government in Addis-Ababa, July 3rd , 2017
According to the World Health Organization’s 2015 Global Road Safety Situation Report, nearly 1.25 million people die every year on the roads despite progress in this area. However, while the number of motorized vehicles in the world is growing rapidly, the number of people killed on the roads is stabilizing, as is the global population, which means that actions taken in favor of road safety in the past years have saved lives.
WHO’s statistics also point out that not all road users around the world enjoy the same level of protection. The risk of dying from a traffic accident still largely depends on where people live and how they move.
Indeed, a deep gap still separates high-income countries from low- and middle-income countries. In the latter, there are 90% of road traffic deaths while they account for only 54% of vehicles in circulation in the world. In Europe, especially in the richest countries of the Region, the lowest number of road deaths per capita is recorded, with 6 killed per 100,000 inhabitants. Africa, meanwhile, has the highest rates of 26.6 killed per 100,000 inhabitants.
In addition, the African region has the highest risk of death on the road for vulnerable users who are the least protected, especially pedestrians and cyclists (43% of road victims), while this rate only reaches 26% worldwide.
The Decade of Action for Road Safety (2011-2020) called on countries to implement concrete measures to make their roads safer. At the level of Africa, a continental plan of action was developed during an expert meeting in November 2011 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, by the Economic Commission for Africa(UNECA) and the United Nations African Union. On the eve of the end of this decade, and although some countries have made significant progress, the situation of road safety in Africa remains a matter of concern
Still, the African continent presents enormous possibilities to improve road safety and save more lives. Reputed as a continent with high potential for economic development, insecurity on the roads must not compromise and mortgage these potentialities. The establishment of a sustainable road safety strategy in our continent is an absolute requirement.
Committed to different levels alongside African countries, Morocco intends to host the 1st Forum on Road Safety in Africa. This Forum is a platform for exchanging expertise and good practices in this area. It is also a question of capitalizing on each other's achievements in road safety so that the socio-economic and cultural similarities between African countries are assets and key factors of success.
As road safety is a job in its own right, creating added value in this field is a real challenge for all governments. The strategic and institutional management of road safety, the financing of strategies, the steering of strategies, the integration of new technologies, capacity building, the integration of road safety in the management of companies, studies and research as well as that openness to the components of non-governmental organizations (civil society) are the main axes that will be discussed in this forum, the first of its kind in Africa.
Moreover, in addition to scientific and technical discussions, the opportunity will be given to meetings and exchanges between institutional actors, professionals and components of civil society.
In this context, a large exhibition will be organized to serve as a relay to the panels and to enable stakeholders in African countries to make themselves known, make B to B and B to G meetings in order to build relationships and to promote their business in the field of road safety.
The organization of this continental forum under the theme "Road safety in Africa: Sustainable Development Issue" in the ocher city Marrakech is a logical continuation and a capitalization on the work of COP22 and its declaration for the action in favor of our climate and Sustainable Development.
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The exhibitor's guide
The 1st African Road Safety Forum is taking place on 13th , 14th and 15th November 2018 in Marrakech. The Laser International Foundation and the Francophone Alliance for Road Safety support this event by producing the 1st African Road Safety Film Festival.
The 1st African Road Safety Film Festival aims to reinforce, through images and films, awareness of the dangers of road traffic and ways to make roads safer to fight the 1.25 year old pandemic. million dead and 50 million injured on the roads each year.
More specifically, it aims to :
The categories are as follows :
They reflect the main priorities of road safety in African countries: vulnerable road users; pedestrian safety; security devices ; use of helmet, seat belts and child restraint systems; safety of two motorized wheels; alcohol and drugs; emergency relief; safe infrastructure; road safety at work; sustainable mobility; safe and intelligent vehicles.
Films must be produced in one of the Festival's three official languages: French, English, Arabic. Films produced in other languages are eligible but it is recommended to caption them in one of the three official languages.
The registration of films is recorded from September 1st to October 20th , 2018. Participation is free.