William Petty leads IRU’s activities in Africa. IRU is the global body responsible for developing and promoting the road transport industry. IRU is active in over 100 countries, with members ranging from national goods transport associations, chambers of commerce, major road transport service providers and manufacturers, through to key stakeholders in the collective passenger transport by road sector. IRU’s work in Africa is focused on driving economic growth through improving the efficiency of the movement of goods by road.
A key focus of William’s work is advocating for the implementation of the UN TIR Convention as a way of facilitating the movement of goods in transit, with a particular focus on the Northern, Walvis Bay, Dar es Salaam and North-South Corridors. He is also driving forward IRU’s work in Africa to support the professionalisation of the road transport sector, to support the harmonization and regionalization of transport regulations, to improve road safety, and to develop innovative solutions that benefit the road transport sector.
William’s background is as a senior operational manager within UK Customs. In 2010 he began working on customs modernization and trade facilitation issues in Africa in a range of consultancy roles – including trade corridor and border management projects in Senegal, Gambia, Benin and Nigeria. Immediately prior to joining IRU, William was based in Senegal for two years with the UN Office on Drugs and Crime, running the regional component of a global joint program between UNODC and WCO, focusing on Customs issues in the key ports of West Africa, particularly Dakar, Tema, Lome and Cotonou.