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Ethiopia is bringing in FIA, a not for profit association, headquartered in Paris, to work on road safety.
The Federation Internationale de L’Automobile (FIA) has agreed to partner with the Ministry of Transport (MoT) to alleviate the problem of traffic accidents.
FIA, with 213 national member organizations in 125 countries, it is considered the governing body of many auto racing events throughout the world.
Jean Todt, President of FIA, came to Ethiopia for the day and informed Capital that his Association will work with the relevant Government departments to reduce accidents. He asserted that their vast experience will have a positive impact.
“We have worked on road safety all over the world and we want to give our support to Ethiopia,” the President said.
On Tuesday, October 2, the President and Tekletsadik Reba, State minister of MoT met to discuss the issue at the French Embassy.
Mr. Todt, who previously was the CEO of Scuderia Ferrari, says one of their strategies will be to utilize prominent Ethiopian athletes to raise awareness about road safety.
During the last fiscal year road accidents were the cause of 68 fatalities per 10,000 vehicles.
The State minister informed Capital that their discussion revolved around the central issue of how FIA can best support the road safety endeavour that the government plans on undertaking over the next five years.
“FIA has submitted a project which will improve our road safety record, and it will be implemented, as it will aid us in achieving our goals,” Tekletsadik said.
The State Minister said that the Federation will support and help improve the current traffic management system and provide the necessary training to employees to help them meet international safety standards.
The Federal Road Safety Council is also chaired by Tekletsadik .
Currently, the federal government is considering several strategies to minimize fatalities. Based on the current plan, by 2015, the number of fatalities is expected to reduce to 27 per 10,000 vehicles. One of the strategies being considered is the implementation of the five E’s; Education, Enforcement, Engineering, Emergency and Encouragement.
The State Minister feels that creating a high degree of awareness, better traffic law enforcement, improving infrastructure and making sure vehicles are well maintained while making emergency services more available will help in alleviating the problems the nation faces.
“Ethiopia is also working on improving the way traffic flows through the installation and placement of new traffic lights and signals, provision of other required facilities and through the application of the relevant laws,” he explained.
“We will begin using radar to control speed and testing for alcohol in the very near future,” he concluded.
The Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile is the governing body for world motor sport and the federation of the world’s leading motoring organisations.
Founded in 1904, its member clubs represent millions of motorists and their families.
The FIA has been dedicated to representing the rights of motoring organisations and motor car users throughout the world via campaigns and activities that defend their interests. On issues such as safety, mobility, the environment and consumer laws the FIA actively promotes the interests of motorists at the United Nations, within the European Union and through other international bodies.
The FIA is also the governing body for motor sports worldwide. It administers the rules and regulations for all international four-wheel motor sports including the FIA Formula One World Championship, FIA World Rally Championship and FIA World Touring Car Championship.
Jean Todt was the first non-Italian ever to head the Scuderia Ferrari.