PIARC was present at the 15th Conference of the Road Engineering Association of Asia and Australasia (REAAA)

Bali, Indonesia, March 22-24, 2017

The World Road Association (PIARC), represented by its Vice-President, Shigeru Kikukawa, and its Secretary General, Patrick Malléjacq, participated in the 15th Conference of the Road Engineering Association of Asia and Australasia (REAAA), held in Bali, Indonesia, from 22 to 24 March 2017.

This conference is organized every four years and it is a premier forum for exchange of information and experiences in the Asian and Autralasian region.

The Ministry of Public Works and Housing of Indonesia, the host country, had developed a very rich program on the theme of "Roads for better living", which included an exhibition, technical sessions, the 106th Meeting of the REAAA Council, the 4th Business Meeting and the 12th Meeting of Directors of Road Administrations.

From left to right: Shigeru Kikukawa, Vice-President of PIARC, and Patrick Malléjacq, Secretary General of PIARC.

PIARC actively participated in these exchanges. Shigeru Kikukawa presented the strategy of PIARC during the meeting of the REAAA's Council. For his part, Patrick Malléjacq presented the objectives and the products of the Association at the Plenary Session with more than 700 ministers, directors of roads and experts.

The meeting also provided an opportunity to review joint activities between the two organizations in the framework of the Memorandum of Understanding which they signed in 2009. REAAA and PIARC did confirm their commitment to work on key topics of common interest. The subject of "pavements" has been identified as particularly relevant, and PIARC International Seminars in various countries of the region are now being considered.

The International Road Federation (IRF Global) was also actively involved in this conference, and had invited PIARC to take part in the workshops they had organized. Patrick Malléjacq accepted the offer and could introduce the Association's numerous products in the field of road safety, technical reports as well as the Online Manual, to a large and mixed audience. Participants were able to better understand these tools, which cover a very wide range, from consideration of human factors in road design to recommendations for road safety audits.