Posted on December 14, 2016

The Qatar Transportation and Traffic Safety Center (QTTSC) at Qatar University College of Engineering (QU-CENG) yesterday launched the international forum on “Traffic Safety and Sustainable Transport Systems”, which is held on December 13-14 under the patronage of Qatar Prime Minister and Minister of Interior H.E. Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al Thani, and in conjunction with Qatar Ministry of Interior (MoI) and the National Traffic Safety Committee.

The 2-day event aimed to support and to promote the strategic vision and goals of the National Traffic Safety Strategy 2013-2022. It is sponsored by Qatar Petrochemical Company (QAPCO) Q.S.C., Dolphin Energy Limited, and ExxonMobil Qatar. The event brought together experts from CENG, QTTSC, MoI, the National Traffic Safety Committee, Public Works Authority (Ashghal), and Mowasalat. They shared information in policies, strategies and technologies of traffic safety and sustainable transport systems.

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Attendees included QU President Dr Hassan Al Derham, Swedish Ambassador to Qatar H.E. Mrs Ewa Polano, General Secretary of the National Committee for Traffic Safety Brigadier Mohamed Al Malki, Traffic Department Director Brigadier Mohammed Saad Al-Kharji, QU VP for Academic Affairs Dr Mazen Hasna, QU Chief Strategy and Development Officer Dr Darwish Al-Emadi, and QU VP for Students Affairs Dr Khalid Al-Khanji, CENG Dean Dr Khalifa Al-Khalifa, as well as QU officials and representatives from the Traffic Department.

The event’s program included numerous presentations delivered by QTTSC Assistant Professor Dr Wael Alhajyaseen, United Nations Economic Commission for Europe UN Secretary Vehicle Active Safety - Focal Point ITS/AD Mr François E Guichard, Qatar National Traffic Safety Office Manager Prof Kim Jraiw, Singapore Land Transport Authority Road Safety and Operations Director Dr Chuai Chip-Tiong, Director of Knowledge Centre for Road Safety at the Belgian Road Safety Institute Mr Wouter Wan den Berghe, Ashghal Road Maintenance Department Network Asset Manager Mr Ali Al Jaber, The World Bank Senior Transport Specialist Dr Said Dehdah, China Dalian University of Technology Director for International Office and Dean of School of Transportation and Logistics Prof Shengchuan Zhao, SWOV Senior Researcher Dr Jolieke de Groot-Mesken, QRAIL Qatar Director of Transport planning Mr Raimund S Hanauer, Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) Injury Prevention Program Director Dr Rafael J Consunji, University of Belgrade Associate Professor Faculty of Traffic and Transport Engineering Dr Drazenko Glavic, and Qatar Ministry of Transport and Communications Senior Traffic Engineer Mr Osama Freija.

They presented a wide range of topics such as “Requirements of the UN SDGs”, “UN Sustainable Development Goals and Implementation of Qatar National Road Safety Strategy”, “On the path to sustainable transport for Qatar”, “Towards a Safe and Reliable Urban Mobility in Singapore”, “Importance of Good Road Safety Statistics and Road Safety Performance Indicators, based on experience in the EU”, “Role of Highway Asset Management in Achieving the Road Safety Agenda”, “The Effect Of Sustainable Transport On Road Safety Outcome”, “Traffic Safety Policies and Regulations Under Rapid Motorization in China”, “Dutch Safe System and Road Safety Practice During the Past 20 Years”, “Qatar Rail and Sustainable Transport Requirements”, “Priorities for road safety in Qatar: Key messages from the Hamad trauma center”, “Congestion Alleviation, and Transport Demand Management”, and “Sustainability in Qatar Future Transport System”.

In his remarks, Dr Hassan Al Derham said: “Transportation systems are among the main components that contribute to a society’s stability and to socioeconomic development. However, the increasing need for various transportation systems is at the core of various challenges in traffic and road safety, and other issues such as the negative impacts on the environment, energy consumption, and high transportation processing and maintenance costs, as well as the necessity to implement advanced and comprehensive techniques to merge various transportation systems. We are pleased to host this timely event on “Traffic Safety and Sustainable Transport Systems” as it comes at a time when Qatar is witnessing huge construction projects. Qatar University is committed through its Qatar Transportation and Traffic Safety Center to organizing events such as this one with the aim to provide efficient tools and solutions that contribute to the country’s ongoing efforts to offer a sustainable and safe transportation system which ensures the safety and welfare of the people of Qatar.”

Dr Khalifa Al-Khalifa said: “This forum aligns with the declaration of the United Nations to implement the UN Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011-2020 and the UN Sustainable Development Goals 2015-2030. It provides a platform for traffic and road safety experts to present international best practices for planning, designing, and maintaining levels of transportation systems. This demonstrates CENG’s continuous efforts to contribute to road safety in Qatar and to provide sustainable solutions to reduce road traffic crashes and develop a safe road transport system for the welfare of the population in Qatar, and in line with the National Road Safety Strategy.”

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ExxonMobil Qatar President and General Manager Mr Alistair Routledge said: “At ExxonMobil Qatar, we take safety very seriously. ­It is a value that shapes all decision-making at every level. We are pleased to see this expansive international forum being held in Doha and to be a part of it. The forum is a great opportunity for us to work together for the benefit of everyone in Qatar; the discussions that will unfold over the next few days are critical to ensuring a culture of continuous safety excellence across the country. ExxonMobil Qatar had the honor of partnering with Qatar University and the Qatar Ministry of Interior’s Traffic Department to support the implementation of a comprehensive national road safety initiative, developed by Qatar University’s Qatar Transportation and Traffic Safety Center. I am pleased to see the progress being made towards protecting drivers and pedestrians on Qatar’s roads, and we remain fully committed to supporting our partners’ efforts as they strive to provide a safe future for all of Qatar’s residents.”

Brigadier Mohammed Saad Al-Kharji expressed his gratitude to QU for its unlimited support in communicating with the Traffic Department to develop activities and studies that enrich the traffic safety in Qatar. He also highlighted the importance of providing the community with solutions for Qatar’s traffic safety challenges. “These events represent a valid contribution to our progress to better stand to these challenges”, he said.

Brigadier Mohamed Al Malki said: “We would like to express our gratitude to QTTSC for the great efforts made in these workshops and events which add value to our previous training and activities on road safety.”

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