In coordination with the National Committee for Traffic Safety, the Public Works Authority (Ashghal) conducted an important workshop under the banner “Road Safety Strategy” on Monday, 23rd January 2012 at Sheraton Doha.
Apart from Ashghal president HE Eng. Nasser Al Mawlawi, the Ashghal officials who attended the workshop include Eng. Jalal Y Salehi, Infrastructure Affairs Director; Eng. Yusuf Abdurahman Al Emadi, Road Operations & Maintenance Manager; Eng. Jamal Shareeda Al-Kabi, Roads and Draianges Designs Manager along with other Ashghal officers and representatives from other public sector organizations of the state attended the workshop.
In his opening address, Ashghal president HE Eng. Nasser Al Mawlawi stressed on the importance of assuring traffic safety in the fast developing state and asserted that Ashghal is committed to provide the safest road network in the region because ‘Qatar deserves the best’.
The workshop reviewed the existing practices in the state for traffic safety and discussed ways, methods and strategies of improvement. With representation from all important sectors and service providers of the state, the national committee for traffic safety has decided to implement the strategies through various means including public awareness, developing road safety policies and practices, developing a national strategy for road safety, considering the realization of the foundation objective of the committee.
The four sessions of the workshop discussed development of action plans for ensuring traffic safety including data research, road safety engineering and traffic culture, traffic control and law enforcement, traffic insurance and responding to the traffic accidents.
For his part, Brigadier Mohammed Abdullah Al-Maliki, Secretary of the National Committee for Traffic Safety stressed on the role of Contract No (6) regarding charting out plans of actions for road safety strategy for the road network in the state. He also presented a brief film showcasing the role of traffic in implementing traffic safety and urban surge taking place in the country.
The consulting firm ECOM, who is responsible for the execution of the Contract No (6) presented a detailed view of the steps taken by the firm till date, pointing out the shortcomings of the system in place in all bodies and institutions of the State related to traffic safety. The presentation also gave a glimpse to the best road traffic network implemented in the developed countries.
Eng. Yusuf Abdurahiman Al Emadi, the Road Operations and Maintenance Manager at Ashghal gave the thanksgiving remarks, in which he appealed the participant organizations to cooperate with the consultancy firm in the implementation of traffic safety strategies for ensuring safer roads in the state. The consultancy firm is to submit the final report on the National Strategy for Traffic Safety to the National Committee for Traffic Safety by end of March 2012.
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