November 18, 2021
On November 3, the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) signed a Record of Discussions with Nairobi Metropolitan Area Transport Authority in Nairobi for the Project for Capacity Building for Bus Operation Policy and Management in Nairobi Metropolitan Area, a technical cooperation project.
In Nairobi, buses and matatu  are the major public transportation services in the absence of urban railway, providing access to jobs or medical care to socially vulnerable people such as females or those who are economically disadvantaged. However, there are problems as multiple public operators work without proper rules and regulations, and their safety and service levels are not sufficient.
The project aims to improve the quality of the public bus services in the Nairobi metropolitan area by developing roles and functions for the administrative management system and related organizations, and by strengthening the capabilities of government agencies and operators. The project will contribute to the achievement of SDGs Goal 11.
privately owned minibuses
Details for the project are provided below.
|Country||Republic of Kenya|
|Project title||Project for Capacity Building for Bus Operation Policy and Management in Nairobi Metropolitan Area|
|Planned implementation period||36 months|
|Executing agency||Nairobi Metropolitan Area Transport Authority (NaMATA)|
|Target region||Nairobi Metropolitan Area|
|Specific project details (provisional)||The roles of the various government agencies and connected organizations related to public buses will be clarified, and planning and implementation capabilities will be strengthened, through the activities listed below.
①Analyze public transport policies.
②Propose a sustainable administrative management system.
③Improve the capabilities of government agencies and operators.
④Implement a pilot project.