Building Regional Prosperity on Connections
Landmark IRF Asia Regional Congress Opens
November 17, 2014
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
BALI, Indonesia — More than 700 industry professionals representing 52 countries took part in today’s opening of the 1st International Road Federation Asia Regional Congress & Exhibition, a regional summit for road and transportation stakeholders held in Bali, Indonesia.
The IRF Asia Regional Congress is articulated around policy roundtables and technical sessions developed in partnership with a network of 23 supporting organizations, representing all major stakeholders in the region. Highlighted issues include regional connectivity investments forming part of the Trans-Asia Highway, as well as methods to improve highway program delivery, strengthen regional capacity and tackle road traffic injuries, responsible for 500,000 deaths in the region every year.
“Roads are Asia’s first social network. They are fundamental building blocks for human and economic development whose impacts transcend national borders,” noted IRF President & CEO C. Patrick Sankey in his opening address. “Our host country, Indonesia, is itself a remarkable example of this drive towards greater connectivity, with investments worth US $104 billion in transport infrastructure investments over the next five years.”
Waskito Pandu, director general of the Indonesian Ministry of Public Works & Housing stated, “During this congress, we will share our knowledge and experiences to draw a better vision on road technology development. The Ministry of Public Works and Housing sees a great opportunity to establish better road planning, management and technology thanks to the IRF and the wealth of expertise gathered today.”
The 1st IRF Asia Regional Congress & Exhibition runs November 17-19, 2014. Live updates are available from IRF’s social media channels (@IRFhq #AsiaRC).
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