Qatar University (QU), represented by Qatar Transportation and Traffic Safety Centre (QTTSC) of the College of Engineering (CENG), and the Ministry of Interior’s National Traffic Safety Committee, are jointly hosting the International Traffic Safety Conference (ITSC) on 26 and 27 November at Sheraton Grand Doha Resort and Convention Hotel. The event is under the patronage of the Prime Minister HE Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al Thani.

Details on the ITSC 2018 were revealed at a press conference held this week at Qatar University. The conference will tackle a number of topics related to traffic safety.

According to Dr Omar Al Ansari, QU Vice President for Academic Affairs, the conference will be an opportunity for dialogue and discussion at a global level on issues of traffic safety today and in the future.

This conference also provides an opportunity for those concerned with traffic safety, both at the institutional level and at the individual level, to discuss and bring together views on the purposeful solutions and how to translate these ideas into strategies that can be utilised in real reality.’

National Traffic Safety Committee Secretary, Brigadier Mohamed Abdullah Al Malki, noted that conferences such as the ITSC are important as they act as platform for participants from around the world to exchange ideas and experiences for solutions and development, especially in the context of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which was adopted by heads of state following the September 2015 United Nations Sustainable Development Summit.

The agenda calls upon two objectives for states: To reduce the number of deaths and injuries resulting from road incidents by 2020 and to adopt the plan The Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011–2020, to stabilise and reduce the forecast level of road traffic deaths around the world.

According to Dr Abdulmajeed Hamouda, Dean of the Faculty of Engineering, ITSC 2018 will raise Qatar’s international profile in the field of traffic safety, and will help local institutions concerned with traffic safety prepare for the 2022 FIFA World Cup.

The international conference is under the sponsorship of Qatar National Research Fund (QNRF), Dolphin Energy, Qatar Motor and Motorcycle Federation (QMMF), Technolab, and the engineering company Khatib & Alami (K&A).

Khatib & Alami participates in the implementation of a number of major infrastructure projects focused on traffic safety through affiliations with QTTSC to ensure continuous improvement and knowledge, and experience exchange.

ITSC 2018 will also see the participation of the General Directorate of Traffic, Ministry of Transport and Communications and the Ministry of Sports and Culture, with support from international partners including the United Nations Road Safety Committee, International Road Federation and International Association of Traffic and Safety Sciences.

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