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Poor research findings ‘uptake ailing transport sector’

Reuben Mwambingu @reubenmwambingu

Transport Cabinet secretary James Macharia has cited poor dissemination and uptake of transport and roads research findings as one of the key challenges ailing the transport sector in the country and internationally.

He said huge resources are often pumped into research activities aimed at improving roads and infrastructure, but the findings of such studies end up gathering dust in the archives and become “useless.”

“A lot of time and money has gone into research activities of one kind or another in Kenya, within the region and internationally. However, the dissemination and uptake of the findings has not been very good, meaning no follow-ups are done to that respect and therefore zero solutions are achieved,” said Macharia in a speech read on his behalf by, Transport Chief administrative secretary Chris Obure during the international conference on transport and road research in Mombasa.

Macharia (pictured) said sub-Saharan Africa has the lowest road access rate of 34 per cent compared with 50 per cent in other parts of the developing world.

The CS appealed to universities in the region to partner with the Transport ministry to continuously seek solutions to challenges facing the sector.

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