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The International Road Federation convened the 17th IRF World Meeting & Exhibition, a global summit for road and transportation stakeholders, in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia on November 10-14, 2013 at the invitation of H.E. Eng. Abdullah A. AL-MOGBEL, mayor of Riyadh and IRF chairman.
IRF World Meetings have constituted important focal points for the sector ever since the first World Meeting was held in 1952 in Washington, D.C. The 17th edition continued this proud tradition and set new standards for scope and international relevance.
2,086 industry professionals from the private sector, academia and government, representing an unprecedented 92 countries from six continents took part in discussions that highlighted the impact transport on economies and societies worldwide.
26 official country delegations led by 15 ministers of transport and public works provided tangible evidence of the IRF’s convening power and its ability to develop a global forum for top level discussions.
More than 300 speakers delivered presentations and peer-review papers across 38 executive-level sessions and 74 technical & scientific podium sessions, as well as 6 interactive (poster) sessions spanning the sector’s strategic challenges and investment priorities.
88 IRF Fellows, from Classes 1964–2013, joined as ambassadors of the IRF Fellowship Program, a cornerstone in the work of the International Road Federation resulting in grants to more than 1,300 graduate engineers over the course of its distinguished history.
These Highlights present key moments of the 17th World Meeting & Exhibition, and are not intended as a comprehensive record of discussions and deliberations. Delegates and other interested parties are invited to consult www.IRF2013.org for access to the full proceedings of the event.