Kenya is set to host this year’s 2nd International Transport and Road Research (ITRARR) Conference, a high profile event aimed at steering the region’s transport sector towards research and innovation.
The Conference, which will kick off on June 11th 2018 in Mombasa, Kenya, comes just two years after it was inaugurated. Under the theme “Transport solutions to transform lives: Research & Innovation for safe, efficient and seamless transport” ITRARR 2018 brings together over 300 stakeholders drawn from Africa, South East Asia and Europe to discuss matters transport.
ITRARR 2018, as the event is known, in convened mainly to enhance knowledge management, collaboration and partnership in transport research within the region. The Conference aims at positively influencing transport policy decisions through research as well as promote uptake and update of research findings amongst road and transport practitioners.
The Conference provides a forum for sharing of experiences and exchange of ideas on innovations amongst transport sector practitioners.
The event is being organized by the Kenya Roads Board in collaboration with Material Testing and Research Division (MTRD), under the country’s Ministry of Transport infrastructure, Housing and Urban Development.
The Conference will be officially opened by Kenya’s Cabinet Secretary Ministry of Transport, Infrastructure, Housing and Urban Development, EGH, James Macharia and key representatives and partners from the participating countries.
At the event, Conference participants will present and discuss research findings and proposals on road and transport related matters with an aim of stirring infrastructural development in the region. This year’s convention will create an opportunity for the team to interact with the latest transportation research discourse and as well enjoy unparalleled networking with other professionals in the areas of infrastructure planning, design, operation, academia and management.
“Our road and transport network in Kenya has been on an upward trajectory. We however acknowledge that we have had our share of challenges,” Conference co-chair and Executive Director of the Kenya Roads Board, Eng. Jacob Ruwa said.
“The deliberations from this conference will help us bench mark with the best, as well as discuss new technologies that will offer solutions to the challenges that we face at a national level, regionally and even internationally,” he commented in a statement issued ahead of the event.
The international conference will focus on a number of thematic areas, including Urban Transportation for sustainable cities, traffic congestion, traffic management, provision of non-motorized transport (NMT) facilities for pedestrians and Rural Transportation Policies.
Also to be discussed will be issues of integrated planning and intermodal transport; transport safety and security; appropriate road construction materials; climate resilient infrastructure (Climate change, Environmental protection & Sustainability); and Research needs and capacity (Research for a, institutional framework, Collaboration and partnership in research).
The first ITRARR was held in Kenya in 2016 and helped form the basis of the transport and road development experienced in the region. Observing the benefits of ITRARR 2016, the delegates unanimously passed a resolution to hold ITRARR every two years to review progress made in implementation of the resolutions and provide a platform for more fruitful engagements.