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Posted On: 26 December 2008 07:44 pm
Updated On: 12 November 2020 02:09 pm

Qatar joins Arab road safety group

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Qatar has joined the Arab Organisation for Road Safety, which is devoted to promoting road safety in the Arab world, where accidents claim 35,000 lives annually and lead to hundreds of thousands of injuries and damage to property worth $25bn. This was disclosed at the Arab Forum for Road Safety, held in Syria on December 17 and 18. The forum was organised by the Syrian Ministry of Interior, the Arab Organisation for Road Safety, the Syrian Association for Prevention of Road Accidents and the International Organisation for Preventing Road Accidents (PRA). Qatar’s delegation was headed by Brigadier Mohamed Saad Al Kharji, Director of the Traffic and Patrol Department, and comprised Brigadier Mohamed Abdullah Al Malki, traffic expert and coordinator a the National Campaign for Preventing Road Accidents here, and Second Lieutenant Riyadh Saleh. The objective of Qatar’s participation was to officially join the Arab Organisation for Road Safety. The forum aims to spread greater awareness of road safety in the Arab world and bring the various regional agencies concerned with such issues closer. The two-day forum underlined the importance of developing the participation of the civil society in limiting traffic accidents, expressing the hope that the forum would serve as an opportunity for exchanging expertise and acquiring new skills. Later, participating experts and specialists presented work papers on the role of the civil society in creating traffic awareness and preventing accidents, the means for financing prevention programmes, and the experiences of Arab and foreign countries in this field. Al Malki, who presented a paper on Qatar’s experience, pointed out the steps being taken to reduce accidents.