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IRU - International Road Transport Union

IDB-AULT-IRU joint project on the facilitation of road transport in the pan-Arab region

The IDB-AULT-IRU project aims to improve efficiency of road transport services in the pan-Arab region, by facilitating trade, enhancing road safety and increasing professionalism in road transport operations.

Road transport is a key factor contributing to economic development and poverty reduction. By reducing time and costs, and improving accessibility, road transport enables economic activities, health care, education, and social development to be undertaken more effectively and efficiently.



Main objectives of the project

The main objectives of the IDB-AULT-IRU joint project are to contribute to:

  • Increased professional competence;
  • Improved road safety; and
  • Optimised road transport facilitation strategies.

The main benefits of the project shall focus in highlighting key elements to deliver:

  • Efficient professional services, hence more trade and profitability;
  • Government action on main cause of accidents, hence safer roads; and
  • Harmonised and fast procedures at borders, hence less border waiting times.

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Main components of the project

Professional training

Selected training entities in countries of the League of Arab States (LAS) have been identified to benefit from the IRU Academy Programmes, and have therefore undertaken a transfer process, which includes the preparatory work and the delivery of “Train the Trainer” and other IRU Academy pilot programmes.

IRU experts have transferred knowledge and skills in order to implement and deliver professional training on the International Carriage of Dangerous Goods by Road (ADR) and on the Certificate of Professional Competence for Managers (CPC Manager).

Upon successful completion of the pilot programmes and related instructor examination, ATIs’ instructors received their IRU Academy Instructor Diplomas.

‘Train the Trainers’ and pilot programmes highlights can be accessed via IRU Academy News

Finally, National Workshops aimed at private and public stakeholders have taken place in Jordan, Qatar and Egypt with the objective to raise awareness on the availability of road transport professional qualification frameworks.

Road Safety

The issue of road safety has become an increasing concern to the civil societies and Governments in the Arab World due, on the one hand, to the high level of fatal and serious accidents occurring every day, and on the other hand, to the associated high physical and human costs. This said, only limited in-depth road safety statistics are available with even less known about the causes of accidents and information on accident causes for accidents involving trucks almost non-existent.

Echoing the Resolution adopted in 2011 by the Council of Arab Transport Ministers calling on authorities to contribute to the UN Decade of Action for Road Safety by analysing the road safety situation in their country, and to studying the causation of accidents, a League of Arab States Truck Accident Causation Feasibility Study was therefore conducted.

Road Transport Facilitation

Echoing the Council of Arab Transport Ministers calls of October 2010 and 2011 on Arab States to join the key UN trade and transport facilitation Conventions and, in particular, the Customs convention on the International Transport of Goods under cover of TIR carnets (TIR convention), a road transport facilitation strategy is being implemented, with a road transport facilitation component,and a TIR and Customs transit element.

As far as the TIR and Customs transit study is concerned,the objective is to examinethe status of key UN conventions, notably relating to the facilitation of border crossings, collect data on the actual conditions of Customs transit and problems experienced by international hauliers operating in the LAS region.

The purpose is also to identify the benefits of implementing the TIR Convention for trade facilitation in the Arab countries and propose an action plan for facilitating the accession by the LAS Member States to the TIR Convention and to the UN international Convention on the Harmonization of frontiers controls of goods (1982) and provide some technical assistance to further facilitate their implementation.

Furthermore, TIR workshops will be organised in Saudi Arabia, Algeria and Egypt to demonstrate to key decision makers the benefits of the TIR Convention for the development of regional, interstate trade and a better interconnection of national economies to the main world’s markets.

As part of the road transport facilitation study, the IRU in collaboration with the AULT, launched Phase 4 of the IRU’s New Eurasian Land Transport Initiative in September, 2012. The aim of this initiative is to identify the main impediments and non-physical barriers to international road transport within the Arab world and provide recommendations to boost regional economic growth through the facilitation of trade and international road transport. Data on actual road transport conditions is being collected from road transport operators in over 10 countries through special driver questionnaires based on the UNESCAP “Time/Distance-Cost” methodology.

The 7th Euro-Asian Road Transport Conference & Ministerial Meeting with the participation of the Arab Ministers of Transports, Trade and Customs will take place in Amman on 12-13 June 2013.

The Conference will provide an opportunity to present the conclusions and results of all activities and studies to the public and private sector representatives on the highest level possible. The conclusions of the Conference are also planned to be presented for political endorsement and official commitment by decision makers on the League of Arab States’ level.

The abovementioned project activities and actions will be planned and realised under the coordination of a dedicated Project Management Unit, which is supervised by the IRU Permanent Delegation to the Middle East and Region in Istanbul.

Project partners

Islamic Development Bank (IDB)

IDBThe Islamic Development Bank is an international financial institution established in pursuance of the Declaration of Intent issued by the Conference of Finance Ministers of Muslim Countries held in Jeddah in December 1973. The purpose of the Bank is to foster the economic development and social progress of member countries and Muslim communities individually as well as jointly in accordance with the principles of Shari'ah i.e., Islamic Law. The functions of the Bank are to notably participate in equity capital and grant loans for productive projects and enterprises besides providing financial assistance to member countries in other forms for economic and social development.

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Arab Union of Land Transport (AULT)

AULTThe Arab Union of Land Transport, located in Amman, Jordan, was established in 1976, as an offspring of the Arab Unified Economical Council. It is a Pan - Arab Organisation representing the road transport interests in Arab States League and has 60 members in 15 countries. The main objective of the AULT is to coordinate the efforts of its members in developing the land transport sector in all Arab countries by promoting operational efficiency and by increasing the scope of activities. It also provides assistance to its members to expand intra-Arab transport of individuals and goods, to facilitate transit transport, and to connect land transport fleets and modernise the road networks.

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