By Wallace Mawire
The United Nations (UN) Secretary-General is this week sending a Special Envoy for Road Safety (the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) and the United Nations Commission for Europe (UNECE) to review Zimbabwe’s performance on road safety issues, according to the secretariat of the UN Road Safety Envoy.
According to a spokesperson for the Traffic Safety Council of Zimbabwe (TSCZ) Mr Tatenda Chinoda, the review will be undertaken from 29 to 31 July 2019. It is also reported that the Traffic Safety Council of Zimbabwe (TSCZ) has been tasked to co-ordinate the requisite logistics for the review process.
According to a letter from the UN Secretary General to Zimbabwe’s Minister of Transport and Infrastructural Development, Engineer Joel Biggie Matiza, the road safety performance review will be done in collaboration with the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) and the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (ENECE).
According to the envoy, the Road Safety Performance Reviews (RSPR) are a global initiative aimed at assisting countries to identify the most critical road safety priority needs and offering tailored recommendations.
“l am sure that this project would compliment Zimbabwe’s on-going road safety efforts and contribute to enhanced road safety,” according to the Secretariat of the UNECE sustainable transport division.
It is reported that the review process consists of five phases which will include phase one focusing on an in-country visit from UNECA, UNECE and the special envoy secretariat during which stakeholders will be engaged to determine priority areas for the review.
Phase two will focus on assessment of the road safety situation in the country by the national consultants, which is used for a draft review report. Phase three will focus on mobilising national stakeholders to review and provide feedback on the draft report during a validation workshop.
Phase four will focus on presentation of recommendations with suggested amendments from the stakeholders including comments and peer review from international experts being incorporated in the final report. Phase five will focus on an official launch of the review during an in-country mission of the special envoy.
It is also reported that capacity building support will be offered to the government on road safety issues.