2002 Special Edition
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- Vale Dr Sadamu Mino
- Part 1 REFORM
- Part 2 TOOLS
- Part 3 SAFEGUARDS
lan Johnston President,
The Importance of Sharing Knowledge and Experiences
The history of mankind is a history of change, change in social focus and structure, change in economic form, and change in knowledge and technology. Initially, change was gradual but the rate of change has continued to increase. While we may like to think that the rate of change is now at its peak this is unlikely. What is certain, however, is that no nation has the time or resource to develop all its own solutions in isolation. We stand to gain enormously by learning from each other.
REAAA's long-term vision is "to be the most effective regional organisation providing members with technology interchange, transfer and services to promote a better future in road-related engineering". Similarly, the key value statement in our current strategic plan is to strongly believe in and be committed to professional knowledge sharing across international boundaries".
As a step towards realising this vision REAAA initiated planning for a special short course for senior road asset managers from nations throughout our region. The short course, which was two years in the planning, was conducted in Bangkok, Thailand between 7 and 9 May 2001.
Special thanks are due to:
- the Asian Development Bank, which provided a grant to meet delegate travel and accommodation costs; provided three speakers and assisted in planning. I also single out the special contribution of Charles Melhuish.
- The World Bank, which provided three speakers, met the costs of an expert lecturer and assisted in planning. Here, I single qut the special contribution of William Paterson.
- REAAA Council , which met the costs of one speaker and of executive assistance.
- The Road Engineering Association of Malaysia, which sponsored delegates and organised an additional self-funded delegation from Malaysia.
- The New Zealand Chapter of REAAA, which sponsored a delegate from Fiji.
- Transit New Zealand, which met the costs of one speaker.
- ARRB Transport Research Ltd (Australia) which met the costs of one speaker.
- The Roads Association of Thailand, which made all of the local arrangements and facilitated the smooth running of the short course.
The Course in Outline
Almost 50 senior road asset managers from some 29 countries took part with 1 0 expert speakers presenting the course material and facilitating the workshops. The course had the following structure:
Day 1 - Reform
- Role of roads in developing economies
- International trends in road management reform
- Reforms in road financing
Day 2- Tools
- Achieving mandates for reform
- Strategic planning and resource allocation
- Systems for decision support
Day 3 - Safeguards
- Road and traffic safety
- Environmental, social and poverty impacts
- Management and governance issues
Making the Material More Widely Available
The short course participants unanimously judged the course of great value, so REAAA decided there was merit in presenting as much of the material as possible to a wider audience.
The course was a combination of lectures and interactive workshops. Unfortunately, it was not possible to capture the many streams of discussion from the workshops. Further, even with the lectures, there were not always formal course papers. We had prevailed upon a panel of international experts'to present material and they had willingly done so. For the most part, however, their lectures consisted of PowerPoint presentations and they had not been asked to prepare formal papers. Given what they had already contributed, we were not prepared to impose upon them the onerous task of turning their presentations into extensive formal papers. Fortunately, such papers existed for some presentations. For others, but not all, it was possible to prepare an implied text by linking the PowerPoint presentations together. We were thus able to prepare an incomplete, but nevertheless useful , set of reference materials. The exclusion of particular presentations reflects only the unavailability of a text on the short timeframe available. All participants were provided with a CD containing the available presentations whether in text or PowerPoint form. Readers who would like access to those presentations are invited to contact REAAA headquarters in Kuala Lumpur.
I am indebted to Mr Kieran Sharp of ARRB Transport Research Ltd. (Australia) for his invaluable editorial work in putting this volume together. At the same time, however, I accept full responsibility for any errors in the 'translation' process through which we converted some PowerPoint presentations to papers.
Finally, given the size of this volume, REAAA chose to publish only one issue of its Journal for 2001, hence this Volume 9 contains both issue Numbers 1 and 2. We will return to our standard publication format in 2002.
I trust readers find this special issue a valuable resource.
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