High level policymakers and transport stakeholders highlight solutions to drive growth and prosperity in Arab world, notably the implementation of key UN facilitation and security instruments such as the TIR and Harmonization Conventions, at 5th LAS-IRU-AULT Seminar.


Alexandria ? Participating Ministers of Transport and high level representatives from the Member States of the League of Arab States (LAS), representatives from international organisations and financial institutions, experts from public agencies and enterprises specialising in trade and transport facilitation, road safety and professional training, as well as representatives from the Arab road transport industry, explored concrete solutions to drive growth and prosperity in the Arab world, notably through the accession and implementation of the main UN trade and transport facilitation instruments such as the TIR and Harmonization Conventions.

Discussions took place in Egypt today at the 5th Seminar co-organised by the League of Arab States, the International Road Transport Union, Arab Union of Land Transport (LAS-IRU-AULT), on ?The Assessment and Implementation of the Islamic Development Bank (IsDB) Project?s Results based on an Action Plan for Safer and More Efficient Road Transport in the Arab World?.

Opening the Seminar, LAS Deputy Secretary General for Economic Affairs, Ambassador Dr Mohammed Twaijiri, said, ”The results of the IsDB project are a real eye opener reflecting the situation in our region, but what is really important at this stage is to take steady steps to implement the Action Plan based on the conducted project studies. I encourage policy and decision makers of the Member States to take necessary steps in implementing the Action Plan proposed and discussed in this very fruitful Seminar. I would like to add that IRU and AULT have my blessing and support to take concrete actions towards achieving our common goals for a better and safer road transport industry in the Arab World.?

The Seminar focused on how to effectively implement the recommendations and conclusions put forward in 2013 by the IsDB Technical Assistance Grant to the AULT, which aimed to monitor and review existing trade flows and road transport practices to improve road safety in the MENA Region by developing professional training and by implementing key UN trade and transport facilitation instruments.
After reviewing the assessment of the IsDB Project?s Action Plan to help the economic integration of the Arab world at regional and global level, as well as the proposed steps for its implementation, participants notably recommended to:

1. Further develop the Arab Transit Agreement in partnership with the IRU in order to comply with the international standards of the TIR System, as the only truly global Customs transit system facilitating trade and transport in some 60 countries;

2. Conduct a full-fledged truck accident causation study spearheaded by the Ministry of Transport of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan to help all LAS Member States improve road safety at national and regional levels; and

3. Establish a professional training system supported by a pan-Arab examination authority, in cooperation with the IRU Academy and AULT, to help Member States benchmark training standards and monitor the quality of training services at national and regional level.

The Minister of Transport of Jordan, H.E. Dr. Lina Shbeeb, stressed, ”The Jordanian Ministry of Transport is very focused on road safety and professional training and I am delighted to be a part of these beneficial discussions taking place in the Seminar today. The Ministry of Transport of Jordan is willing to support both the IRU and AULT in being the lead partner in the League of Arab States Truck Accident Causation (LASTAC) study to ensure safer and better transport on our roads and beyond.”

The event provided an invaluable opportunity to exchange ideas, as well as raise awareness on the current state of road transport in the Arab world. Seminar conclusions will be presented to the LAS Council of Arab Ministers of Transport on 22 October 2014.


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