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Professional management to improve road safety and transport efficiency for increased trade facilitation in UAE and Gulf region

IRU Academy teams up with the Automobile and Touring Club of the United Arab Emirates to highlight key roles of UN trade facilitation instruments and innovation in professional training in further connecting regional economies to major global markets through increased transport efficiency and professional management.

Dubai – The International Road Transport Union (IRU)’s educational arm, the IRU Academy, organised an event today on “Professional management of transport operations to improve road safety and transport efficiency, paving the way for more trade facilitation”. The event was jointly organised with IRU Member, the Automobile and Touring Club of the United Arab Emirates, under the Patronage of his H.E. Dr Abdulla Bilhaif Al-Nuaimi, Minister of Public Works, and Chairman of the UAE National Transport Authority.

A workshop on trade facilitation enabled over 120 transport business and policy decision-makers from 30 countries to learn about the key international road transport agreements, notably the Harmonization and TIR Conventions, and their role in developing Arab foreign trade. Workshop participants also discovered tried and tested trade facilitation best practices, such as the benefits of TIR for intermodal transport.

IRU Secretary General, Umberto de Pretto, stressed, “Facilitating transport in the United Arab Emirates and the Gulf region is imperative to effectively developing intercontinental and regional trade. With TIR implemented in the Emirates, reduced transport times and costs across this major trade hub, including through the port of Dubai, will considerably facilitate global trade. Electronic pre-declarations to Customs, real-time traceability of TIR Carnets and efficient risk management provided by the TIR System will also contribute to making border procedures faster, more secure and user-friendly.”

At a parallel workshop, participants learned how to leverage innovative technologies in professional road transport training for improved safety and competence, through case studies and best practices. Moreover, the IRU Academy showcased its new Crash Prevention Programme, as an excellent example of using new technology to improve the trainee experience, while also improving interactivity.

Commenting on the new programme, Head of the IRU Academy, Patrick Philipp, said, “Human error is the main cause of 9 out of 10 heavy vehicle crashes. Our Crash Prevention Programme is aimed at both new and experienced drivers, using simple language to raise risk awareness and encourage self-observation to ultimately reduce the number and severity of accidents. Even the best drivers can fall into bad habits over time. Our interactive programme is designed to challenge driver misconceptions about road safety and give them the necessary training to put the odds in their favour so that everyone makes it home safely at the end of the day.”

Workshop participants concluded that professional training in road transport is crucial today more than ever for safety, efficiency, environmental performance, legal compliance and competitiveness.