Bangui is the capital and largest city of the Central African Republic (CAR). It had an estimated population of 734,350. The growth rate in 2020 is 1.74% in the country. It is the transport hub of the Central African Republic but only tolls roads are paved. The amount of research on bus transport in CAR cities is minimal. Roads are in extremely poor condition and during rainy days some roads are impassable.
The supply of public transport in Bangui is determined by various demographical, environmental, institutional, and economic factors. Population growth is the most important factor in determining the demand for transport.
Main public transportation
There are 24-seater minibusses that connect Bangui with all major towns.
Trucks and pick-ups
Trucks and pick-ups are also a popular way to travel in Bangui.
There are privately owned buses that offer public transport from Bangui City to other upcountry destinations.
CAR has an estimated GDP per capita of just $449 in 2018. In 2003, CAR has received a US 2 million interest from loan from China, with which to pay salaries for civil servants. And also a $1.68 million grant from Equatorial Guinea at the same time.
The financial sector of the CAR plays a limited role in supporting economic growth. Suffering from weak infrastructure and legal and judicial frameworks, the financial system remains small, undeveloped, and dominated by commercial banks.
Sustainable transport is the key
The United Nation’s 17 sustainable development goals (SDGs) to transform our world will only be a dream without proper financing strategies.
One of the UN’s 17 Goals, urbanization can be a catalyst for rural development. A sustainable transportation system is a key to success.
Relying on loans and debts from foreign countries cannot be sustained because inherent problems such as shortage of cash notes, driver’s fraud, and fake money for public transportation are not resolved.
CAR is one of the top 10 poorest countries in Africa. It is heavily dependent upon multilateral foreign aid and the presence of numerous NGOs that provide numerous services which the government fails to provide.
Instead of a loan, why not deploy an automatic fare collection (AFC) system which can bring good cash flow to the public transportation system as there are a deposit and unused value on each passenger card. It can provide an important source of revenue for many transportations companies from the lesson of other countries.
AFC basically collects cash from general public and uses the money to invest in infrastructure.
The writer is a frequency traveler. To learn more about AFC, please visit mobileafc.net.