Qatar’s keenness to implement innovative measures to improve transportation won accolades from experts at the International Road Transport Union (IRU) conference Wednesday.
“Qatar is taking efforts to get innovative things done to bring in improvement in the transportation sector. The country has signed a memorandum of understanding with the International Road Transport Union in order to develop joint activities in the transport sector and develop land transport projects in Qatar in line with best practices and international standards. The country is now looking to activate International Road Transport Agreement (TIR) electronic system to provide a further boost to the transportation sector,” said Rani Wehbe, IRU special adviser to the Middle East.
He was presenting a paper on ‘Qatar's accession to TIR — State of the matter’ during a session on the second day of the conference.
Rashid Taleb al-Nabet
Wehbe, who explained that the TIR will further ease proceedings and expedite cargo movement, said it would further prevent irregularities in the transportation sector. “Training to implement the TIR electronic system has been carried and it will be implemented in Qatar next year,” he added.
He hailed various entities, including the General Authority of Customs and Qatar Chamber, for showing much interest in implementing the TIR agreement.“Seventy-six countries, including 12 Arab countries, have signed the agreement while 62 of them have implemented it. Qatar is one of the countries to maintain security and international standards in transportation,” he noted.
The proceedings of the second day of the three-day conference, titled ‘Ensuring Safe Mobility of People and Goods During Major Events in the State of Qatar', were launched by Rashid Taleb al-Nabet, Assistant Undersecretary of Land Transport, Ministry of Transport and Communications (MoTC), at the Traffic Department's headquarters in Madinat Khalifa.
The second day witnessed various sessions in which experts and officials contemplated measures to improve transportation.
The conference has been organised by Mowasalat (Karwa) in partnership with the Traffic Department and National Traffic Safety Committee, with the participation of national and international organisations specialised in traffic safety.
Nasser Mamdouh al-Shammari, operations manager, LTS at Mowasalat, noted that Mowasalat is initiating measures to ensure improvement in the country's transportation sector.“We keep educating our staff and monitoring the capacity of vehicles and staff. The fitness of vehicles is monitored with the help of various stakeholders, including the MoTC and Traffic Department, in order to improve their performance. We also monitor our staff in order to ensure that they follow the rules and regulations and provide the best service,” he said.
Al-Shammari was speaking on ‘taxi and limo sector stake in road, traffic and driving safety’ during the session.
The session was also attended by Dr Badr Yaroob, regional adviser, Transport and Logistics, UN Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia, and Najla Malallah al-Jaber, land transport planning specialist at the Land Transport Planning Department, MoTC.