CAREC Regional Road Safety Workshop

Dushanbe, Tajikistan: 30–31 August 2017

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Designing Safer Roads: Accelerating the Implementation of the CAREC Road Safety Strategy



Road safety is a key issue for Central Asian Regional Economic Cooperation (CAREC) member countries. All member countries have made a commitment to improve road safety through their support for the CAREC Road Safety Strategy, 2017-2030 endorsed by the 15th CAREC Ministerial Conference in October 2016 in Islamabad, Pakistan.

The strategy aims to reduce number of road crash fatalities on the CAREC road corridors by 50% by 2030 (compared to 2010). Under the ethos of "think regionally, act nationally," the strategy provides a benchmark for all CAREC member countries to address regional safety issues through tackling national road safety issues in their own jurisdictions.

The strategy focuses on taking collective action to improve road safety by adopting a "safe systems" approach. This involves reducing road crash death and injury by using international good practice in road safety and building on existing efforts for safer road infrastructure, safer vehicles, and safer road users, while also improving management of road safety and post-crash care for crash victims. A key area that is under the direct influence of decision makers responsible for CAREC road projects is the "safer roads" pillar.

The workshop is organized by CAREC Institute and the Asian Development Bank, and hosted by the Government of Tajikistan.

Workshop Goal and Objectives

This regional workshop has the overall goal of accelerating the implementation of the strategy, with a focus on actions relating to "safer roads," through use of road safety engineering principles and practices.

The specific objectives of the workshop are to allow senior officials from road agencies in each CAREC member country to:

(i) Build understanding of best practice principles in road safety engineering and of the four essential components of road safety engineering:

(a) treating hazardous road locations (blackspots);
(b) road safety audits;
(c) roadside hazard management; and
(d) safety at road work sites.

(ii) Develop a plan with priority actions for changes in policies and/or practices that may be required at a national level.

(iii) Provide an opportunity for experience sharing and developing collaboration on road safety engineering amongst countries within the region.

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