Conference discusses challenges facing transport sector

(File photo: Ameer Khalifeh/Jordan News)
AMMAN — A conference on business opportunities available in public transportation discussed challenges facing the sector, and their impact on national economic development, according to the Jordan News Agency, Petra.اضافة اعلان

The three-day conference, organized by the Senate in cooperation with the German Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung Foundation, opened Sunday evening in the Dead Sea.

The meeting is also discussing promoting investments in Jordan, enhancing the competitiveness of the national economy, and achieving a safe and affordable transport system, in addition to its impact on the climate and the environment.

Inaugurating the event was Senate President Faisal Al-Fayez, who said that despite the strategies and plans that were put in place to address the challenges in the public transport, the sector still suffers from “weak points and the absence of a real transport system that serves citizens”.

Accordingly, “it is now time to come up with progressive solutions and plans under a specific timetable to address challenges,” he underlined. He said that the necessary funding should also be provided to implement these solutions under a partnership between the public and the private sectors.

Fayez underscored the need to remove obstacles while simultaneously ensuring that the legislation governing the transport sector is consistent with environmental laws, given the global trend to address climate change.

He lauded the government’s and the Ministry of Transport’s “great” efforts to enhance the sector, pointing to the importance of coming up with large-scale projects with the aim of ensuring the implementation of plans and strategies.

Fayez noted that 24 transport ministers have been appointed in the transport sector since His Majesty King Abdullah assumed his constitutional duties in 1999, according to a local news outlet.

He said the sector still faces challenges, despite Royal directives to accelerate solutions and mapping out strategic plans to develop a reliable public transport system.

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