Monastir: International Road Safety Symposium closes
07/07/2019 14:30, TUNIS/Tunisia

(TAP) - Te work of the international Road Safety symposium organised by the Tunisian Road Safety Association, the Ministry of Public Works, Housing and Spatial Planning, Transport and the Ministry of Youth and Sports, the Governorate of Monastir, under the aegis of Prime Minister Youssef Chahed, ended on Saturday, with the participation of more than 400 people including experts and academicians from nearly 15 Arab and European countries.*

Taoufik Abbas, Chief of Staff of the Minister of Industry and Small and Medium-sized Enterprises, said at the end of the works that this symposium is central to the government's interest in developing a national road safety plan as part of a participatory vision and the contribution of the various components of civil society working to disseminate the culture of good road driving.

Road accidents cause the death of 1.250,000 people worldwide each year and cause nearly 50 million injuries. Ninety percent of these losses are in developing countries, he said.

Abbas stressed the need to accelerate the development and implementation of effective plans after learning from comparative experiences at this symposium in order to develop designs and proposals on road safety management and restructuring, in order to better streamline it and prospect awareness programmes to reduce the number of road deaths, consolidate research efforts and coordinate research programmes and initiatives in the field of road safety.

Minister of the Interior Hicham Fourati, launched the national campaign on traffic safety (Bicycle Rally) under the slogan "Your life above all" at the same time as the opening of the symposium, which will continue until 15 December 2019.

The recommendations of the international symposium stressed the need to accelerate the development of traffic safety solutions in line with the Tunisian reality and to further develop the national strategy for traffic safety, in particular in its preventive and dissuasive aspects, improve the quality of road safety and create a new dynamic for national traffic safety committees based on modern technologies, further develop scientific training and field work in the field of road safety, and build on successful experiences.

The symposium also recommended the development of the structure of the National Road Safety Observatory, the revision of its legal framework, the creation of road safety clubs in youth and culture centres and the inclusion of road safety education in school curricula.

It also called for awareness-raising campaigns at border terminals, the distribution of updated cards to visitors to the country, and awareness-raising campaigns on traffic safety in various tourist facilities and in popular neighbourhoods and urban areas.

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