Prime Minister and Minister of Interior Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al Thani launched the second action plan of the National Traffic Safety Strategy 2018-2022 during an event held at Intercontinental Hotel Doha this Tuesday, 16 January.
The National Traffic Safety Committee also hosted the fifth forum of coordinators from concerned authorities, participated by representatives of concerned authorities and international experts in traffic safety. The two-day forum was primarily focused on road safety and UN goals for sustainable development.
The forum started with a message from the United Nations Secretary General Special Envoy for Road Safety, Jean Todt who lauded the efforts made by Qatar to reduce the number of deaths due to road accidents.
There are three major challenges identified by the UN facing the countries of the world: traffic safety; cities and congestion; and the economy and national security. There is a close relationship between these challenges that needs to be handled with great efforts. The UN has issued resolutions, and has called on countries worldwide to reduce the number of deaths by 50% by 2020 and adopt the goals of sustainable development.
Since the launch of the National Road Safety Strategy in January 2013, Qatar has been able to occupy a prominent position at the global level in this area.
The implementation of the second action plan has been assigned to more than 35 government bodies. The Prime Minister and Minister of Interior, who is also the Chairman of the National Traffic Safety Committee, has entrusted the Secretariat to organise the fifth forum of coordinators, in order to learn about the positive and negative aspects of the first phase of the strategy and required improvement in the second phase.
Professor Kim Jraiw, Manager of the National Road Safety Office, pointed out that the implementation plan for the second phase is based on a number of pillars. They include the directives from the Chairman, recommendations from the National Committee, decisions agreed upon and made by the Council of Ministers, UN-ratified goals set by the State of Qatar, lessons learned from the first phase and development of the monitoring and evaluation system.
The National Road Safety Office will provide a monthly report to the Office of the Prime Minister and Minister of Interior on the progress of the concerned bodies. In accordance with the decision of the Council of Ministers, ten specialised working groups were established. These groups were given focus based on the following: Awareness and Information, Congestion, Accident Investigation, Speed Management, Paedestrian, Coordinators and Research.
Statements from Representatives of Kuwait and Oman
Brigadier General Dr Mohammed Awad Al Rawas, Director General of Traffic Department, Sultanate of Oman, expressed his pleasure for his participation in the recent launch of the second phase of Qatar’s National Traffic Safety Strategy. He pointed out that it was clear from the results achieved by the State of Qatar that there was great effort and cooperation between all the concerned agencies to achieve the goals following international standards.
Major General Fahad Al Shuwaei, Assistant Undersecretary of Traffic Affairs in Kuwait, said that as a Gulf citizen, he was proud of his presence in the State of Qatar and he emphasised the interest of the state to solve the traffic problem and its concern for road safety.
He pointed out that the success of the plan in its first phase will be a motive for the success of the plan in the second phase, noting that the network of roads in Qatar has notably reduced traffic congestion and traffic accidents.
Check out this link for a copy of the National Road Safety Strategy 2013-2022.