Traffic safety conference to be held in March 2022

Under the patronage of HE the Prime Minister and Minister of Interior Sheikh Khalid bin Khalifa bin Abdulaziz al-Thani, the Ministry of Interior, represented by the National Committee for Traffic Safety, and Qatar University (QU), represented by the Qatar Transportation and Traffic Safety Center, together will organise the Second International Conference on Traffic Safety on March 21-22, 2022, QNA reported.

The General Directorate of Traffic, the Ministry of Transport, the Ministry of Public Health, and the Public Works Authority (Ashghal) will participate in organising the conference with the support of international partners represented by the International Road Federation, World Conference on Transport Research Society, and the International Association of Traffic and Safety Sciences.

The conference is sponsored by Dolphin Energy Limited.

The conference, which is held under the slogan "Towards a safe and sustainable global transport and traffic system in developing countries," will discuss a number of traffic issues, including transport safety, public transport, the intelligent transport system, traffic flow analysis and control, road engineering design, driving behaviour, multimodal transport systems, ways to reduce traffic injuries, emergency services, sustainable transport and its economics, vehicle technology, and other related issues.

The conference will be accompanied by a specialised exhibition in which the government and private sectors wishing to participate will display their products and engineering solutions, as well as everything new in the field of transportation and traffic safety.

In a press conference Wednesday, representatives of the organising authorities said that the conference represents an international forum that supports and enhances the vision and objectives of the National Traffic Safety Strategy 2013-2022 in Qatar.

Also, it contributes to enhancing traffic safety in the countries of the region and the world and supports international organisations concerned with this field.

Dr Hassan al-Derham, President of Qatar University and Chairman of the Conference's Steering Committee, said: "The goal of this conference is to discuss topics related to traffic safety and provide opportunities for dialogue and discussion at the global level for issues related to the present and future of road safety, particularly after the Covid-19 pandemic that clearly affected mobility behaviours."

The QU president said that Qatar's hosting of such a conference for the second time would raise its international position in traffic safety and prepare national institutions concerned with road traffic affairs to receive the FIFA World Cup 2022.

Dr Eng Saad bin Ahmed al-Muhannadi, President of the Public Works Authority (Ashghal), asserted the importance of this conference and the role of Ashghal in raising traffic safety and improving traffic flow through implementing efficient, sustainable, and environmentally friendly infrastructure projects on par with international specifications, design and construction standards.

Construction of roads, bridges, and tunnels include intelligent transportation systems, emergency tracks, as well as dedicated pathways, bridges, and tunnels for pedestrians and cyclists equipped with the latest devices and tools to ensure traffic safety.

Ministry of Transport Acting Assistant Undersecretary of Land Transport Affairs Eng Hamad Essa Abdulla affirmed that traffic safety is receiving wide attention from the state in general and by the ministry in particular.

Hamad Essa said that the conference will enhance engineering principles in transportation engineering, including transportation planning, indicating that the Ministry of Transport and Communications in its various departments will have an active role in this conference by presenting working papers and specialised scientific lectures to the engineering sector concerned with transport and communications affairs.

Sheikh Dr Mohamed bin Hamad al-Thani, Director of Public Health Department at the Ministry of Public Health, said that the concerted efforts of all key partners are to ensure safety on the roads, reduction in the number of traffic accident victims, the development of services provided to those injured, and the best treatment in the fastest time.

Secretary of the National Traffic Safety Committee and Chairman of the Conference Organising Committee Brigadier Mohamed Abdullah al-Malki also said that this conference is an important event because it is an excellent opportunity to exchange experiences with different countries of the world, as a practical application of what the 2030 sustainable development plan calls for, which was adopted by the heads of the states who attended the United Nations General Assembly in September 2015.

For his part, Brigadier Mohamed Abdullah al-Shahwani, Director General of Traffic Department and member of the conference's Steering Committee, said the organisation of an international conference on traffic safety is an indication of the extent of the attention paid by the country's supreme leadership to the issue of traffic safety, which is one of the main pillars of the state's renaissance and progress.

Dr Mohamed al-Qaradawi, Director of the Qatar Center for Transportation and Traffic Safety at Qatar University, said: "What distinguishes this conference is the availability of special issues of prestigious international journals, to publish an outstanding research paper that will be presented at the conference.

Hence, we invite all researchers and experts in the field of traffic safety in the world to submit their scientific papers using the following link,"

Nominations will be received through the website, and prizes will be announced during the conference.

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