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IDB Technical Assistance Grant


Transport is a key factor contributing to economic development and poverty reduction. By reducing time and costs, and improving accessibility, transport enables economic activities, health care, education, and social development to be undertaken more effectively and efficiently.
The IDB-AULT-IRU project aims to support these objectives by improving efficiency of road transport services in the pan-Arab region, by facilitating trade, improving road safety and increasing professionalism in road transport operations.


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

Increased Professional competence;
Improved road safety;
Optimised road transport facilitation strategies.

The main benefits of the Project shall focus in highlighting key element to deliver:
  • Efficient professional services, hence more trade and profitability;
  • Government action on main cause of accidents, hence safer roads;
  • Harmonised and fast procedures at borders, hence less border waiting times.


1.    Professional training;

Selected training entities in countries of the league of Arab states have been identified to benefit from the IRU Academy Programmes and thus undertook a transfer process which includes the preparatory work and the delivery of “Train the Trainer” and other Pilot programmes.

IRU Subject matter experts 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, the 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 to private and public stakeholders have taken place in Jordan, Qatar and Egypt with the purpose to build awareness on the availability of road transport professional qualification frameworks.

2.    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 2011 Resolution of 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.

3.    Road Transport Facilitation

Echoing the Council of Arab Transport Ministers calls of October 2010 and 2011 on Arab states to join UN Conventions in the field of facilitation of trade and transport and, in particular, the Custom convention on the International Transport of Goods under cover of TIR carnets, (The TIR convention), a Road transport facilitation strategy component is being implemented split in a road transport component, and a TIR and customs transit element.

As far as the TIR and Customs transit study is concerned, the objective is to examine  the status of key UN conventions, notably related to 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 benefits of 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. Furtheremore, TIR workshops will be organised in Saudi Arabia, Algeria and Egypt to demonstrate to key decision makers the benefits of the TIR convenntion for developing regional inter state trade and beter connect national and regional economise to the world globalised 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 on 7 September, 2012, with a press-conference in Amman. The aim of this study is to identify the main impediments and non-physical barriers to international road transport within the Arab Region and provide recommendations to boost regional economic growth by facilitating trade and international road transport. Data on actual road transport conditions in being collected by a project implementing partner, Jadarah Group, from road transport operators in over than 10 countries through special driver questionnaires based on the UNESCAP “Time/Distance-Cost” methodology.

The 7th Euro-Asian Road Transport Conference & Ministerial Meeting with 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 coordination of a dedicated Project Management Unit, which is supervised by the IRU Permanent Delegation to the Middle East and Region in Istanbul.




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