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2nd IRF Africa Regional Congress

Jul 11, 2017 - Jul 13, 2017


Africa’s quest towards development is hinged on a sound, resilient transportation system that supports safe and efficient transport of people, goods, and services. The International Road Federation shares in this vision of a robust and sustainable transport system for Africa and has a proven track record that promotes this vision globally. By organizing this 2nd Regional Congress in Windhoek, the IRF hopes to actualize this vision for Africa by prompting the discussion of safe and sound transport systems now.

The IRF believes in equipping Africa’s transportation stakeholders with the necessary tools and skills to meet today’s transportation demands on the continent. Better still we hope to generate interest in future transportation trends and provide the needed guidance to meet increased demand in the coming decades. The precursor to achieving all these lies in building a good relationship with transport professionals on the continent. A relationship between African transport experts and the IRF is one that beckons positives for all involved.

The Congress will serve as a means to deliver world-class knowledge resources and practical guidance across shared transportation challenges. It will bring together regional and local industry stakeholders from government, academia, multilateral banks, civil society, and the private sector to help find solutions to the region’s transportation challenges.

The 2nd IRF Africa Regional Congress is an important step in strengthening up this relationship. By reaching out to transport experts with the mission of encouraging and promoting development and maintenance of better, safer and more sustainable roads and road networks, the IRF will assist Africa reap the social and economic benefits that flow from well-planned and environmentally sound road transport networks.

Target Audience

  • Political Leaders with Transport Portfolios
  • Highway Agency Staff
  • Construction Contractors, Engineers & Managers
  • Design Consultants, Engineers & Managers
  • Equipment Manufacturers and Distributors
  • Materials Laboratory Engineers
  • Public Transport / Mass Transit Operators
  • Transport Research Institutes
  • University Researchers and Professors
  • Engineering Services Professionals

From the IRF Chairman

As chairman of the International Road Federation, it is with great pleasure that I welcome you to the 2nd IRF Africa Regional Congress, held July 11-13, 2017 in Windhoek, Namibia.

We have woven together this important and highly relevant event to bring the region’s stakeholders together to identify new and innovative resources to bridge the current financing gap, while also sharing case studies, best practices, and new technologies that can all contribute to making Africa a shining example to transport sector.

This Congress is a direct result of the IRF’s strategic vision to become the world’s leading industry knowledge platform to help countries everywhere progress towards safer, cleaner, more resilient and better-connected transportation systems.

H.E. Eng. Abdullah A. Al-Mogbel IRF Chairman

From the Roads Authority CEO

It is with great pleasure that I extend a cordial invitation to join me and other distinguished heads of African road agencies on the occasion of the 2nd IRF Africa Regional Congress. We have collaborated with the International Road Federation in a spirit of true partnership to bring you a program that will inform and inspire you. The Roads Authority Act of 1999 empowered the Roads Authority of Namibia to manage a safe and efficient national road network to support economic growth in pursuit of Namibia’s Vision 2030. Today, with hard choices ahead of us, Namibia is at a crossroads as we seek to select the appropriate engineering and management models to make this vision a reality. Roads are key to Africa’s competitiveness and a major driving force behind our respective nations’ socio-economic development objectives. As our cities develop, as our trade volumes grow, lack of adequate road facilities and transport services will translate into chronic delays, increased injury risk and higher costs borne by society unless the appropriate policies are identified and implemented. The 2nd IRF Africa Regional Congress could not come at a better time for international road professionals to forge lasting bonds with our planners, engineers and other transport stakeholders.
Mr. Conrad Lutombi CEO, Roads Authority of Namibia

Why Participate?

  • Premier knowledge and technology transfer event: The Congress aims to engage delegates within the framework of knowledge sharing, capacity building and technology transfer. Questions will be the principal avenues by which delegates interact with each other, such as: What are the best practices in different countries? What are the state of the art products? How can we share this knowledge?
  • Pivotal and regionally-relevant themes: Road Safety, Capacity Building, Innovative Financing, and Infrastructure Asset Management
  • High-level interaction amongst transportation sector stakeholders: In attendance will be road industry leaders from around the world. The structure of the Congress will provide an enabling environment for delegates to interact with these leaders so as to trigger healthy discussions on various topics shared at the Congress.
  • Advanced, practical workshops for attendees: Two workshops will be organized on road safety and asset management, respectively. The training will cover the principles, concepts, components and techniques involved in following best practices within these two subject areas. The workshop materials are based on documented best practices and on the instructors’ experiences in providing expertise in their respective fields around the world.
  • Networking opportunities with key regional decision-makers: Opportunities will be provided for Congress delegates to network and engage with transportation stakeholders from different parts of Africa. This will afford unparalleled professional and business development opportunities for all participants.
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Safari Court Hotel & Conference Centre

Corner of Auas and Aviation Streets P O Box 3900 Windhoek, Namibia https://www.safarihotelsnamibia.com

Hotel Rates

The IRF has a room block for check-in on July 11 and check-out on July 13. Please book early, the block expires June 12. Standard Room: US $77/night (breakfast and tax inclusive) Business Room: US $92/night (breakfast and tax inclusive) Please book your hotel directly with Wilhelmina, the hotel’s reservation supervisor, at reservations2@safarihotelsnamibia.com and use reservation code 355330 Preventive risk assessment tools, such as road safety audits and inspections, are effective and essential instruments to help road authorities reduce the number of road crashes as well as fatalities and serious injuries. Road safety audits and/or road safety inspections can typically be applied at successive stages of road planning, design, opening and operations. They all serve the common purpose of identifying risk factors related to road design or traffic control that may lead to crashes, or make crashes more severe. In many cases, they help network highway operators and city traffic departments identify engineering weaknesses and hazardous road sections, even in the absence of robust traffic injury data. As a global leader in road safety, the International Road Federation (IRF) is well positioned to present state of the art methodologies and cutting edge technologies that have been field tested to reduce traffic injury risk through road safety audits and road safety inspections. Workshop attendees will receive the necessary theoretical background and applied practices, with specific application to the roads and highways in Africa, to ensure their road safety audit and/or road safety inspection programs are effective and impactful. Workshop attendees will Understand the basic concept of a road safety audit and/or road safety inspection and will know how to implement the eight step process used for any road safety audit and/or road safety inspection. A special emphasis will be made to understand the role and skills of each member of a road safety audit team, especially the team leader. The Transport Sector Leadership Development Programme (TSLDP) is a proposededucational programme which is being created to support highway transport professionalsin Africa. The programme is being funded by UKAID through the Research for CommunityAccess Partnership (ReCAP). It aims to develop professionals by enhancing their technicaland leadership skills and equip them to become the future industry leaders in Africa.The purpose of the workshop is to present the educationalprogramme’s content and structure, as developed to date.We want to receive industry feedback on our proposals, asthis is critical to ensure the programme will meet theneeds of transport professionals across Africa. [divider type=”1″] [/divider]


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