Mowasalat recently hosted the International Traffic Safety Conference 2018, co-hosted by the International Road Transport Union (IRU), under the patronage of HE Jassim bin Saif Al Sulaiti, Minister of Transport and Communications, and in partnership with the National Traffic Safety Committee and the Traffic Department.
The event was well attended by major stakeholders from the government and private sector: Ministry of Interior, Ministry of Transport and Communications, National Traffic Safety Committee, Traffic Department, Ministry of Municipality and Environment, Qatar University, QTTSC, Woqod, Hamad Medical Corporation, Civil Aviation Authority, Qatar Rail, Qatar Petroleum, and Qatar Scientific Club. Total Qatar was the event’s Associate Sponsor.
The annual conference and workshop served as a platform for sharing and exchanging expertise by various national and international stakeholders, on the importance of driver education and professional qualification. At least 85% of accidents are caused by human error and experts presented and discussed the various aspects and dimensions of the topic, shedding light on the theoretical and practical steps to mitigate traffic accidents.
Mowasalat Chairman Nasser bin Mohammed Al Malki, stressed their commitment to traffic safety. He said that the transportation system is the main engine of new investments and the heart of the economic growth and social development in the country. He honoured the sponsors and participants of the conference, and praised their efforts and contribution.
Sheikh Naif Abdulrahman Al Thani, who delivered the message on behalf of the Minister of Transport and Communications, highlighted the Ministry’s goal to modernisation and the importance of improving road safety, road infrastructure, land transport system and effective traffic safety laws.
Major General Mohamed Saad Al Kharji, Director General of the General Directorate of Traffic and Second VP of the National Traffic Safety Committee, gave a presentation on the national strategy for traffic safety in its second phase 2018-2022: Accidents and deaths. He said that the government is adopting an unprecedented mechanism to address traffic problems and participate in urban planning and road network development to reduce traffic congestion by at least 5% every year, until 2022.
The national strategy has moved Qatar to a leading level in road safety. Mortality rate from road accidents has decreased to 5.4 per 100,000 inhabitants largely due to the implementation of the first phase of the National Strategy 2013-2017, and the active role of all sectors who are working towards achieving the set objectives.
Patrick Philip, IRU Academy Associate Director, said that the State of Qatar has shown great commitment to the objectives of sustainable development in the UNDG 2030 and has achieved more in terms of traffic safety . He pointed out that road accidents kill about 12 million people around the world between the ages of 15 and 29 years old. Setting a target and implementing the programme help reduce risks.
Engineer Hamad Issa, Manager of Road Assets Department and Acting Manager of Traffic Engineering and Road Safety Department – MOTC, also revealed a ministerial plan in coordination with relevant committees to prepare an integrated project to reduce traffic accidents.
Day 2 featured high profile panelists who discussed and debated on other aspects of road safety, such as engaging the younger generation and making them road safety ambassadors.
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