Namibia to host regional conferece on transport

Source: Xinhua| 2017-06-26 18:48:54|Editor: Zhou Xin
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WINDHOEK, June 26 (Xinhua) -- Countries from around the African continent will converge in Namibia for the 2nd International Road Federation(IRF) Africa Regional Congress on July 11-13 in the capital Windhoek.

The event will be hosted by Namibia's Road Authority, in collaboration with the International Road Federation(IRF) and will run under the theme 'Sustainable transport practices: Tools for modern connectivity'.

The Roads Authority CEO, Conrad Lutombi said Namibia is at a crossroad as it seeks to select the appropriate engineering and management models to make safe and efficient roads a reality, hence, the congress comes at an opportune time.

"As our cities develop and 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," he added.

Meanwhile, the IRF President and CEO, Patrick Sankey said that the congress is timely and the 4 sub-themes namely 'Provision of a safe transport system', 'An efficient asset management culture', 'Innovative financing techniques' and 'Building the capacity of the African transport professional' that are supporting the global theme are essential to the advancement of Africa's transport portfolio.

The 1st IRF Africa Regional Congress was held in Abuja, Nigeria in 2014.