By DOH JAMES SONKEY
Cameroonian born Peter Taniform has been appointed by the World Bank as Infrastructure Sector Leader in four East African countries; Rwanda, Uganda, Somalia and Kenya, besides leading the transport Team in Madagascar.
Peter Taniform who will take up his new duties next July 1, 2020 is a Senior Civil Engineer and Senior Transport Specialist working with this Brettons Wood Institution since 2008. Since then he has led several transport portfolios across several countries in Central and Eastern Africa.
His appointment is described by many who know him as recognition of his distinguished performance throughout his career within an Institution which promotes excellence and meritocracy. He has had several recognitions within and without the institution over the years.
Before joining the World Bank Group, Peter Taniform worked with the Government of Cameroon in several capacities, earning a Merit Award for the fight against corruption in the Ministry of Public Works in 2000.
This native of Bamendankwe in the North West region of Cameroon, before leaving for the World Bank, had impacted the road safety sector in the country.
While serving as Senior Transport Specialist in the Central Africa sub-Region, he led the design and implementation of several projects such as; the Douala Infrastructure project (Tarring of several kilometres of urban roads and construction of several drainages in Douala), the rehabilitation of the 267 km, Maroua – Mora – Dabanga – Kousséri road and the ongoing 51 km Babajou – Bamenda road (including the urban section) linking the West and North West regions. He equally led several reforms in the Port, Railway and Aviation sectors which has boosted the performance, governance and competitiveness of these sectors.
Peter Taniform equally designed and led the implementation of several Aviation Safety and Security Projects for the four International Airports in Cameroon (Douala, Yaounde, Maroua and Garoua). He equally played a key role in fostering dialogue and coordination of Trade facilitation among CEMAC member States of which Cameroon is a backbone member. Most of Cameroon’s Custom Reforms benefited from his insight and leadership on the World Bank side and today the results speak for themselves.
He is reputed as the brain behind the creation of the first ever coalition of NGOs/civil societies and Private Sector Foundation in the Road Safety domain in Cameroon with the Ministries of Transport, Public Works, National Gendarmerie, Police and the Academia, all benefiting from his contribution and support in the Road Safety advocacy crusade.
Peter Taniform is a graduate of the Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands with a Master of Science Degree in Transportation & Highway Engineering. He equally holds several professional certificates/diplomas from Cameroon, Japan, Malaysia, and UK higher institutions. He has a multidisciplinary training and multi-sector experience with over 22 years of experience in the infrastructure sector. He has a strong passion for research with several publications.
Described as a patriot and statesman in every aspect, Peter Taniform has won the respect of his fellow countrymen in every class of the society especially as he is committed to see the common man or woman grow to his/her full potentials.