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The LUTP capacity building program is offered by the World Bank on a regular basis in cooperation with several partners especially AFD for French speaking sessions. It is designed for high level policy officials and senior managers of urban transport agencies at all levels of government (national, provincial/state and municipal). The program aims to: develop leadership capabilities and a structured way of decision-making to address the multifold and complex aspects of urban transport systems, in the context of overall urban planning, and; create a network to share best practices among the participants and the organizers. The training approach comprises a self-learning phase and a seven-day on-site “hands on” workshop making extensive use of case studies, group exercises and site visits.
Following first events in Marseille (June 2012 and June 2013) and the participation of decision-makers from CMI partner countries in an English speaking session in Singapore (2013), further LUTP sessions were held in:
Rabat, Morocco, September 22-27, 2013: this session was organized by the Government of Morocco, General Directorate for Local Authorities / Department for the Training of Technical and Administrative Staff and Department for Planning and Infrastructure, and kindly hosted by the International University of Rabat. It was mainly designed for Moroccan senior managers but open to neighboring Algerian and Tunisian participants, some of which directly sponsored by the CMI. In addition to its main goal of capacity building, the session was an opportunity to prepare future projects to be implemented in Morocco with World Bank or AFD funding. Field visits included the new Rabat-Salé tramway which led to major modal shifts in urban transport since its entry into service in 2011.
Marseille, June 1-7, 2014: in addition to decision-makers from Mediterranean and Sub-Saharan Africa, participants to this session comprised representatives from AFD and SNCF (the French national railway company) as well as CMI World Bank and GIZ staff. Representatives of CMI partner countries included counterparts involved in the preparation of projects considered for funding by the World Bank and AFD. As examples of multimodal transport planning, field visits included the recently redeveloped Old Harbor of Marseille and the tramway of Montpellier which now connects the City Centre with the most populated suburban areas.
Marseille, June 7-13, 2015 : the World Bank and the French Development Agency (AFD) with support from the CMI, the Public-Private Infrastructure Advisory Facility (PPIAF), the Australian Development Agency (AusAID), the Energy Sector Management Assistance Program (ESMAP), the French Ministry of Environment, Sustainable Development and Energy (MEDDE), and CODATU jointly organized a week long capacity building training in the framework of the Leaders in Urban Transport Planning (LUTP) initiative. The training aimed to offer an integral approach of urban transport through the presentation of case studies and focus groups discussions and site visits. Participants included policy makers and technicians in charge of urban transport planning both at the national and municipal levels, in addition to members of civil society and other stakeholders.