Cameroon establishes national committee to prepare for Brazil Conference

As part of preparation for the 2nd High-Level Conference on Road Safety in Brazil, Cameroon established a national committee to discuss the organization and functioning of their delegation to Brazil.

The objective of the committee is to define Cameroon’s strategic direction and develop and implement an action plan to ensure Cameroon’s successful participation in the global meeting. This committee meets every Wednesday, hosted by Cameroon’s Ministry of Transport, and is composed of a variety of representatives from the public, private, and civil society sectors of Cameroon.

To achieve its objectives, committee members are responsible for:

  • Developing a detailed framework outlining steps for conference preparation, including delegation composition, registration and paperwork, and key talking points and messaging to be delivered at the conference;
  • Developing a budget of expenditure required to cover the costs of Cameroon’s participation;
  • Liaising with bodies responsible for organizing the conference; and
  • Monitoring the implementation of all action items outlined in the preparation framework.

From the government, committee members include high-level representatives from the ministries of Transport, Health, Public Works, Police, Foreign Relations, and the National Gendarmerie. Private companies represented on the committee include the Safe Way Right Way Foundation and transport unions, and the presence of civil society is ensured by Alliance-member NGO, SECUROUTE, and the Network of Road Safety Associations of Cameroon (COALIROUTE). National representatives from the World Bank, World Health Organization, and the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) also contribute to the committee. To consolidate the operation, a technical secretariat provides support on reporting the progress of the committee each week to stakeholders.

While not all committee members will attend the conference, Cameroon’s committee is an opportunity to convene road safety advocates from across sectors to discuss concerns and perspectives, and bring these perspectives together into a collective national voice to present at the conference.

As of their 6th committee meeting, Cameroon has confirmed a delegation composed of ten representatives, with the Minister of Transport and National Chief of Police as head delegates.