Doha, – Under the auspices of HE Prime Minister and Minister of Interior Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al-Thani who is also the chairman of the National Traffic Safety Committee, the Committee organized the fourth Forum of concerned bodies for implementing the national traffic safety strategy under the theme “Evaluation of the operational plan 2017-2022 at Inter Continental Doha The City.

Speaking on the occasion, Secretary of the National Traffic Safety Committee Brigadier-General Muhamad Al Maliki stated that the State of Qatar has recently witnessed rapid development in all aspects which necessitated the uses of intelligent transportation system and the need for modern maintenance methods in the State.

Brigadier-General Al Maliki stressed the interest of the political leadership in building road networks, transport services and improving traffic safety through the establishment of the National Traffic Safety Committee as a leading institution in the country, which deals with many aspects such as road networks, urban planning, mass transport, traffic congestion and traffic safety in the country.

He also pointed out Qatar’s achievements in the field of traffic safety, with the participation of more than 30 stakeholders in the implementation of the National Strategy for Traffic Safety, the membership of the National Committee in the United Nations Global Road Safety Cooperation and the developing the objectives of the national strategy based on the decisions of the Council of Ministers and the United Nations.

He added that the National Traffic Safety Strategy has specified two phases, each with a five-year time frame, aimed at reducing the mortality rate from 14 per 100,000 individuals to 6 by 2022. In the first half of the first phase, the strategy achieved more than expected results, where it showed a decline to 7.5 in 2015, which indicates significant progress made by the country in reducing fatal road accidents.

He said that as many as 114 projects have been implemented out of 166 projects contained in the operational plans under specified authorities during 2013-2016. The remaining projects have been given a timeline of July 2017 to be completed and some of them have been transferred to the 2017-2022 plan.

He also outlined a number of topics required by the next phase, including adopting a vision for each institution, following up of each institution’s official in person to implement it, setting priorities in unprecedented way, evaluating the benefits of the achievements, obstacles caused for delays and priorities of the next plan. (QNA)

Source: Qatar News Agency