The Round Table took place at SotM Africa, having engaged the key urban mobility players in Yaoundé, specifically the Ministry of Housing and Urban Development (MINHDU) and the Yaoundé Urban Community (CUY).
Issue – What is the Most Urgent Problem to Address?
Improving sustainable urban mobility in Cameroon is imperative, with the lack of road infrastructure and paratransit challenges constituting three major interconnected hurdles for the country’s economic, social, and environmental development. Despite existing measures to mitigate the negative impacts on air quality, climate, and citizen well-being, the fulfillment of these actions still faces obstacles, such as a shortage of funding, insufficient technical capacity, and resistance to behavioural change.
Idea – How can this Problem be Solved?
The primary approach is to implement current National and Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans (NUMP and SUMP) in cities like Yaoundé and Douala. Key projects include the medium-term implementation of mass public transport (BRT), improvements to road infrastructure, and the fight against air pollution.
Impact – Who needs to Talk? Who needs to Act?
Government ministries should enforce policies, collaborate, and allocate resources to turn sustainable urban mobility into reality. Local governments should prioritize effective urban planning and infrastructure investment. Private sector engagement brings valuable resources and knowledge, while operators should be aware of their impact on society and the environment.
Amadou Ngounga Mouchili (Ministry of Housing and Urban Development MINHDU), Patrick Mfoulou (Yaoundé Urban Community CUY), Arnaud Ndzana (Yaoundé Urban Community CUY), Vincent Flament (European Union Delegation), Rigobert Kilu (Project Lead MoVe Yaoundé at GIZ), Angelin Zegha (Project Manager MoVe Yaoundé at GIZ)
Lena Plikat (Advisor on Sustainable Mobility at GIZ)