The Matatu Owners Association (MOA) is hosting an inaugural Eastern African Conference starting next week to address road safety and general security of its passengers and goods.

According to the MOA chairman Mr. Simon Kimuttai, the conference brings together stakeholders from the Public sector transport within the member states of Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda and Burundi. He told a government officials breakfast briefing at a Nairobi hotel about the forthcoming conference that part of the resolutions to be reached includes how to address the corruption monster and bring order in a once chaotic industry.

It is a collaborative project which has brought on board the MOA, Universities of Nairobi and Methodist, State Departments of East African Affairs, Interior, Ministry of Infrastructure, Nairobi County Government, Kenya Private Sector Alliance, among others.

Harmonization of transport policies within the EAC will be key to support expansion of the sector and free movement of goods and services, said Mr. Kimuttai. He added that the planned conference is modelled after the Southern Africa Transport conference that has been running for 34 years.

A Director with the State Department of East African Affairs Mr. Alfred Kitolo said the conference was coming at the right time when the EAC member states were streamlining the movement of goods using trucks along its partner states and beyond. Some of the harmonized operations include the weights of cargo, improved operations of weigh bridges to ensure transportation of goods and services operated in a seamless manner.