Global attention to sustainable transport and mobility has continued in recent years as a major component of sustainable development. Sustainable mobility can enhance economic growth and improve accessibility and can achieve better integration of the economy while respecting the environment as well as improving social equity, health, resilience of cities, urban-rural linkages and productivity of rural areas.
The Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung in cooperation with Center for Environment and Development for the Arab Region and Europe (CEDARE) and with the Ministry of Environment, Egyptian Environmental Affairs Agency (EEAA) organized the Sustainable Transport in Egypt (STE 2018) international with the theme electric mobility "Cleaner Mobility and the Advent of Electric Vehicles", which was held in Cairo from 24-25 October 2018.
The event aimed to catalyze experience exchange and foster partnerships to advance cleaner transportation in Egypt and contribute to measures that address air pollution and climate change. It also serves as the last round of stakeholder consultations for a policy brief being prepared to inform and advise policy makers about the status of e-mobility in Egypt and recommendations for the way forward.
With over 100 attendees, the event gathered internationally renowned e-mobility experts and policy makers to share experiences about deployment of EVs and EV infrastructure in various countries, including an in-depth exploration of the case of Jordan as a country of similar income levels, as well as overviews of cases in China and Germany, among others. The state of play in Egypt was also be shared by key national stakeholders. Attendees included representatives of NGOs and civil society organizations, various ministries, parliamentarians, key players in the development of new urban communities in Egypt, academia, consultants, international organizations, media, and various representatives from the private sector.