A workshop on building the Arab Mashreq Road Safety Partnership was organized by the United
Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA), the Global Road Safety Partnership (GRSP) and Shell, in collaboration with the Traffic and Patrols Department and Public Relations Department of the Ministry of Interior, Qatar. The workshop was held on 21-22 October 2008 at the Sheraton Hotel in Doha, Qatar. More than 150 participants from 14 ESCWA member countries attended the workshop. Participants included Government delegates, private sector companies and non-governmental organizations
The workshop was held to discuss the progress made in developing national road safety strategies, the
establishment of national lead agencies for road safety, and to review the proposal for an Arab Mashreq Road Safety Partnership (AMRSP) in order to increase regional collaboration on road safety and support road safety initiatives. This workshop is the third to deal with road safety issues to be held in recent years; the two other workshops dealt with the Implementation of Good Practices in Road Safety (Muscat, 28-29 November 2005) and Capacity-Building of the National Focal Points of the First UN Global Road Safety
Week (Cairo, 20-21 December 2006).
At the conclusion of the workshop, the participants agreed to:
Establish a regional road safety partnership for countries in the Middle East and North Africa
(MENA) region. The partnership would be composed of representatives from Governments, the business community and non-governmental organizations;
(b) Form a task force composed of representatives from the different sectors to review the proposed details of the partnership within a period of six months. The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia, the Global Road Safety Partnership and Shell will support and facilitate the work of the task force through a secretariat;
(c) The task force will validate a name for the partnership and communicate on a regular basis with interested parties through the secretariat;
(d) Prioritize potential projects and invite members to participate in the projects that have been chosen;
Invite members to initiate national road safety partnerships in their respective countries.
TOPICS FOR DISCUSSION
Four meetings were held on the first day to discuss issues related to road safety in the ESCWA region
and the Arab Mashreq region and the creation of the Arab Mashreq Road Safety Partnership. On the second
day, four parallel working groups met to discuss different aspects of the partnership.
A. PROGRESS IN ROAD SAFETY MANAGEMENT: PLANS AND STRATEGIES
Ms. Shawqiya Humidan, Chief of Traffic Engineering, Ministry of Works, Bahrain reported on the
study conducted for the development of the road safety strategy in Bahrain.
The study included an
evaluation of road traffic safety and Humidan also presented a summary
the identification of strengths, weaknesses and other critical issues. Ms. of a proposed road safety strategy to reduce road traffic fatalities by 30
per cent in 10 years.