Regional road congress on this week

Barbados will be the venue this week for the second International Road Federation Caribbean Regional Congress whose theme will be “The Path to Safe and Sustainable Roads”.

The congress, to be held at the Barbados Hilton from May 15 to 17, will see regional and international transportation experts discuss and offer solutions for the growing infrastructure needs of Caribbean states. In addition to road safety, the issues of climate change and disaster mitigation will be addressed.

The road safety component will focus on road safety audits, accident/crash investigations and driver behaviour and education.

The second track will place emphasis on the impact of climate change upon the Caribbean’s road infrastructure and the effects of roads on the environment. It will also focus on disaster mitigation and methods to keep existing roads open and functioning during and after natural disasters, which are becoming more frequent due to the effects of climate change.

Speakers at the Congress will include representatives from the World Bank, the Inter-American Development Bank, the World Health Organisation and the Red Cross.

Minister of Transport and Works, Michael Lashley, and IRF President and Chief Executive Officer, Patrick Sankey, will address the official opening of the Congress on May 15 at 9 a.m.

The event will be co-chaired by Mike Dreznes, Executive Vice President of the IRF and Cheryl Bennett-Inniss, Deputy Chief Technical Officer (Design Services), Ministry of Transport and Works and Executive Director of the Barbados Road Safety Council.

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