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Zambia’s Minister of Transport and Logistics Frank Tayali says Africa faces a daunting road safety challenge resulting in over 246, 000 deaths per year.

Mr. Tayali was speaking during the Leaders in Road Safety Management Training taking place in Lusaka today which is expected to discuss ways of reducing the number of people killed on public roads in Africa per year.

Mr. Tayali said the statistics provided by the World Health Organization imposes substantial economic burdens across the continent

“Am glad to know that the primary objectives of the program are to increase awareness of road accident challenges and among others, develop leadership capabilities in road safety planning, management and advocacy”, said Mr. Tayali.

Mr Tayali thanked the World Bank for coming up with the training program for stakeholders in the transport sector.

And Speaking during the same event, African Transport Policy Program SSATP Programme Manager Mustapha Benmaamar, said the training program offers a collaborative platform for stakeholders in the transport sector.

By Bibiana Lambart