Chinese official advises Africa to seek innovative ways of financing clean mobility

Chinese official advises Africa to seek innovative ways of financing clean mobility

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17.03.2018 - Nairobi / A Chinese official on Friday advised African governments to look for innovative ways of shifting financing mechanisms to promote cleaner mobility pathways.

 Ma Dong, project officer of the Vehicle Emission Center at China's Ministry of Environmental Protection, said the continent currently has many existing financing mechanisms and partnership opportunities to support mobility in the cities.

 Africa has a rare opportunity to benefit from the South-South Cooperation between China and Africa in promoting clean mobility, Ma said during Africa clean mobility conference which ended in Nairobi on Friday.

 "Africa can benefit hugely from the Belt and Road Initiative and China-Africa Cooperation Forum," he noted.Ma revealed that China's vehicle emission control center at the Ministry of Environmental Protection has expertise to help promote the program in the continent."We specialize in the use of clean vehicle, clean fuel, and focus on in-use vehicle and encourage comprehensive transport," he added.

 He also urged development partners to mainstream financing of public transport, walking and cycling infrastructure into road investment projects in the continent.

 Ma stressed the need for adopting the use of public transport as opposed to many private cars in a bid to control vehicle congestion and pollution that causes health risks to many people.

 He said the African government needs to restrict the importation of used, older and cheap vehicles to help keep the environment clean.

 The Chinese official warned that countries that benefit from tourism risk losing the revenue as most tourists may stop visiting the countries due to traffic jams.

 The countries, he said, could focus on developing standards, policies, technologies and equipment in vehicle emission control.

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