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“A Roadmap to a Safe and Resilient Road System

Established in 2012 as an answer to repeated calls for a specific event addressing the needs of transportation professionals across 30 countries and territories in the region, IRF’s flagship event in the Caribbean has become an essential gathering point for the region’s top transportation decision-makers and professionals, combining regional case studies and international insights.

This flagship event which will be celebrating its 10th anniversary and aims to bring solutions and discuss best practices to address the common challenges that the region faces from road safety to climate resilience, to the infrastructure needs that a new and electrified vehicle fleet will demand.


  • Infrastructure Investments & Innovative Financing
  • Road Safety
  • Delivering Resilient Road Infrastructure & Services
  • Regional Integration & Cooperation
  • Road Asset Management
  • Decarbonization of Road Transport
  • Building Capacity in Caribbean Public Works Ministries
  • The Effect of COVD19 on Road & Transport Agencies.

Program features

  • Keynotes delivered by the sector’s foremost thought leaders
  • Specialized sessions
  • Business networking events

Why Participate?

Share: The Congress is the main regional meeting point where leading stakeholders meet and exchange experiences and innovation.

Engage: The Congress format allows practitioners, stakeholders and innovators to share their knowledge and policy recommendation with the region’s top decision makers

Grow: Place your company's brand, technologies and services at center stage during CRC and gain exposure in front of top decision makers, government officials and buyers in the region

Who Will Attend 

  • Public Works Ministries & Road Agencies
  • Regional Institutions & Development Partners active in the Caribbean
  • Major Road Contractors and Design Consultancies
  • Materials Laboratory Engineers
  • Transportation Faculties & Research Institutes
  • Civil society (e.g. road safety NGOs)
  • Road Safety Advocates

From the Chairman

On behalf of the IRF’s global volunteer leadership and members, it gives me great pleasure to welcome you to the 10th IRF Caribbean Regional Congress taking place for the first time in Barbados.

The IRF has been a focal presence in the Caribbean since 2012 through its IRF Caribbean Regional Congress, as an annual gathering of the region’s top transportation decision-makers and professionals. In spite of the circumstances, we are resolute in our mandate to continue innovating across a range of industry challenges, from resilient road design to public partnership models, all designed to ensure that the value of roads to society is maximized.

This year’s IRF Congress focus reflects growing concerns throughout the region for vulnerabilities in the road network exposed by recent acute weather events. A road system that cannot withstand the emerging impacts of climate change will prove burdensome, impose high costs for repair, and delays disaster recovery efforts, causing significant economic losses. Clearly defined and effective evacuation routes can be the difference between life and death.

I trust all of you will enjoy this event and take this opportunity to learn, explore and share valuable insights, solutions, and technologies that can be applied to solve critical transportation challenges in your respective countries.

Eng. Abdullah A. Al-Mogbel
IRF Chairman

Welcome to Barbados

Barbados is a blessed country with year-round tropical weather and a perfect location to discover stunning natural beauty. The island has one of the most unforgettable postcard-perfect coastlines in the Caribbean with more than 70 miles of beautiful beaches to enjoy and nearly 2000km of roadway to take you there.
While Barbados remains one of the most desirable travel destinations in the Caribbean, there is more to this island than its glittering shores, including a UNESCO World Heritage capital city, heavy on history and a buzzing local culture.

Barbados also has one of the more vibrant economies in the region. While it has traditionally relied upon the production of Barbados sugar, rum and molasses, its economic diversification programme has expanded over the years to embrace light industry, tourism, offshore banking and financial services as increasingly important sources of foreign exchange and drivers of economic growth. The Government continues its efforts to reduce unemployment, encourage direct foreign investment, and modernize its state-owned enterprises.

The Ministry of Transport, Works and Water Resources has invested over USD$1 billion in the transport and road infrastructure over the last two decades in order to maintain an adequate level of service throughout the island’s road and transport infrastructure.
Amongst the projects which are either active or currently in the pipeline are:

1. The Electric Bus Project - (US22.5 million) which is leading the regional public transport sector in the decarbonisation of public transport and the island’s goal to make Barbados fossil-fuel free by 2030. Since 2018, Barbados has invested in 59 electric buses.
2. The Electronic Vehicle Registration Project - (USD2.5 million) which will bring the regulation of vehicles into the 21st century with the deployment of ITS and RFID technology.
3. The COMPLANT Scotland District Rehabilitation Project - (USD115 million) will rehabilitate selected highways, culverts, bridges, and major roads and improve drainage and road safety measures in the Scotland District which is the only place in the Caribbean where a submarine mountain range lies above water.
4. The IDB Road Rehabilitation Project - (USD25 million) has already rehabilitated five sample roads and another ten major global roads are in the process of being reconstructed.
5. The CAF Road Rehabilitation Project - (USD50 million), includes the rehabilitation of carriageways and shoulders as well as improvements to drainage and traffic managements systems.
6. The Constitution River Terminal Project - (USD3.5 million) has regenerated old infrastructure into a state-of-the-art public terminal facility.
7. The Highway 1 and Highway 7 Rehabilitation Projects - (USD25 million) will significantly improve the road infrastructure along the south and west coast of the island which is home to island’s hotels and tourism hotspots.

Despite our commitment to prioritize our road infrastructure across a varied topography of coral, clay, limestone and phosphates, the ability to maintain our natural and physical infrastructure also remains challenged given the range of increasingly intense weather events such as hurricanes, volcanic and seismic activity, natural disasters, drought, ocean acidification, and sea level rise.

It is my sincere hope that the respective Ministers, government officials and technical teams attending this year’s IRF 2022 will seize this opportunity to share their knowledge and experiences so as to improve road infrastructure, traffic management and safety across the world. During IRF2022, technical visits will be organized on June 10, and will be included in the delegation registration fee. For additional information please visit www.IRF.global/crc

On behalf of the Government and People of Barbados, I wish to extend a warm welcome to our little piece of paradise in the Sun.

Deputy Prime Minister
Minister of Transport, Works and Water Resources

Hon. Santia Bradshaw

Deputy Prime Minister Government of Barbados | Minister, Ministry of Transport, Works and Water Resources

Dr. Bill Sowell

Argonaut Consulting & Senior Vice Chair International Road Federation

H.E. Eileen Vélez Vega

Secretary, Department of Transport, Puerto Rico

Hon. JC Hutchinson

State Minister, Minister of Transport and Mining, Jamaica

Hon. Kenneth Bryan

Minister, Ministry of Tourism & Transport, Cayman Islands

Hon. Cassanni Laville

Minister, Public Works and the Digital Economy Dominica

Daniel Best

Director, Projects Department, Caribbean Development Bank

Greg Spotts

Chief Sustainability Officer, StreetsLA

Benjamin Colucci

Director, Transportation Technology Transfer Center | Professor at University of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez

Mark Cummins

Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Transport, Works and Water Resources, Barbados

Nicholas Worrell

Safety Advocacy, Director National Transportation Safety Board

Magid Elabyad

Vice President, IRF Global


Place your company’s brand, products and services at center stage during this high-level industry event. The exhibition will help you build greater market awareness by increasing your exposure in front of top decision makers, government officials and buyers who are directly involved in road and transport infrastructure investments.

To reserve a sponsorship or for more information, please contact us At + 1 703 535 1001 or at melabyad@irf.global

MEMBER COST $15,000 $10,000$5,000 $3,000
NON-MEMBER COST$18,000 $12,000 $6,000 $3,500

Conference Venue

The Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre (LESC)
Two Mile Hill, St. Michael, Barbados, BB11093

Conference Hotels(Shuttle provided to the Congress Venue)

Hilton Barbados Resort
Needham's Point St Michael, Bridgetown, Bb 11000, Barbados


Radisson Aquatica Resort Barbados
Carlisle Bay, Aquatic Gap Bridgetown Saint Michael, BB14023, Barbados


Go to website: radissonhotelsamericas.com
Under Destination, enter Radisson Aquatica Resort Barbados
Under Check-in/Check out dates, enter any dates between 5 June, 2022 – 11 June, 2022. Minimum 2 night stay required
Under Occupancy, confirm if it is one or two adults.
Under Lowest Available Rate, hit drop down, select Promotional Code and enter IRFC22, then search and the rate will come up.
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Go to website: radissonhotelsamericas.com
Under Destination, enter Radisson Aquatica Resort Barbados
Under Check-in/Check out dates, enter any dates between 5 June, 2022 – 11 June, 2022. Minimum 2 night stay required
Under Occupancy, confirm if it is one or two adults.
Under Lowest Available Rate, hit drop down, select Promotional Code and enter IRFCBR, then search and the rate will come up.

Call or Presentations / Papers

The Technical and Scientific Committee of the 10th IRF Caribbean Regional Congress is pleased to invite surface transportation experts across the world to submit abstracts for presentation at the 10th IRF Caribbean Regional Congress in Bridgetown, Barbados. Young Professionals from Small Island Developing States are particularly encouraged to submit their abstracts for consideration.

The abstract should be written in English readily understandable to most readers and may contain a maximum of 250 words. There is no cost to submit an abstract.

Abstract Topics:

1. Road Safety: Achieving Vision Zero in the Caribbean
2. Transport Infrastructure for Small Island Developing States (SIDS)
3. Disaster & Resilient Road Asset Management
4. Environmental Management: Decarbonizing Road Transport by 2050

Accepted Abstracts will be offered the chance to present their presentation in a podium and/or poster session. Furthermore, the top abstracts will be given the change to submit a full paper in special IRF Publication to be published in Fall 2022:

► Abstract Submission Deadline: Feb 15, 2022
► Abstract Acceptance Notification: March 1, 2022
► Paper Submission Deadline: June 30, 2022
► Paper Acceptance Deadline: September 1, 2022


Your safety at the 10th IRF Caribbean Congress is our top priority. Below are responses to frequently asked questions outlining all the measures the International Road Federation and the Lord Erskine Center are taking in full application of local regulations  and international best practices. Please note these measures may change over time

Procedures to Enter Barbados
Ensure you meet the entry visa requirements, you can check if you need a visa here.
Effective February 26, 2022, travelers are permitted to travel to Barbados with a valid negative Rapid Antigen test or Rapid COVID-19 PCR test results done 1 day prior to arrival in Barbados OR a COVID-19 PCR test from an accredited, certified or recognized facility/laboratory by a healthcare provider via a nasopharyngeal or oropharyngeal sample within 3 days prior to arrival to enter Barbados.
For the latest testing and vaccine requirements, please check here.

Conference Venue
The Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre (LESC) formerly known as about Sherbourne Conference Centre is the largest stand-alone conference facility on the picturesque island of Barbados. Established in August 1994, this meeting venue quickly became the premier conference venue in the Caribbean and has been duly rewarded over the years for its quality service and versatile facilities. These include the ‘Caribbean’s Leading Conference Centre’ by the World Travel Awards (2003-2006 & 2009) and the ‘Achievement of Excellence – Support Services’ by the Barbados Tourism Awards 2009.
Please click here for the Center’s Health & Safety Protocols.

During the Event
All the facilities in use during the Congress (conference halls, workshops, exhibition floor and catering areas) are in compliance with current Barbados Health Authority regulations. This includes wider aisles, as well as signposting & enforcing the maximum number of visitors throughout the venue. Overflow rooms and other visitor services will be provided by the organizers.


June 9, 2022 @ 12:00
June 10, 2022 @ 23:59
The Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre
Two Mile Hill, St. Michael, Barbados, BB11093
Bridgetown, Barbados

+1 703 535 1001
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