PIARC International Seminar on Road Pavements will be held during the Durban Regional Conference for Africa

Durban, South Africa, 9 - 11 October 2018

The PIARC International Seminar on Road Pavements will be held within the framework of the Regional Conference for Africa organized by the South African Road Federation (SARF), jointly with the International Road Federation (Washington D.C, USA) and the Technical Committee D.2 (Pavements) of the World Road Association (PIARC).

The seminar aims to bring together national and international road officials at all levels of government and professionals from the private sector and academia to discuss topics related to sustainable pavements for the future. The presentations made by the participants will be followed by a discussion and a collective elaboration of conclusions and recommendations.

The objectives of the seminar are:

·To promote the transfer of national and international knowledge and experience in environmentally friendly paving techniques at all stages of the pavement life cycle

·To provide participants with the opportunity to interact with national and international experts focusing on new technological developments related to low cost systems

·To contribute to the improvement of national road networks and testing strategies, including safety

The official language of the seminar is English.

PIARC Strategic Plan 2016-2019 confirms our mission to address the needs of low- and middle-income member countries, including those in the African continent. Taking part in this conference in Durban will contribute to this objective, along with other PIARC projects such as the two African Task Forces (ATF), on Geometric and Structural Design Standards for African Highways Network and on Updating Practical Rules of Pavement Design for French-speaking African Countries.

Regional Conference for Africa

Organized jointly by PIARC Technical Committee D.2 (Pavements), the Regional Conference for Africa has become the flagship road infrastructure event in Southern Africa and in 2018 will be strengthened by the participation of the International Road Federation (Washington D.C, USA) and the World Road Association (PIARC). This year, the theme of the conference is "Roads to Economic and Social Growth". Africa poses unique challenges for the provision and preservation of roads and road transport to meet a wide range of economic development and social welfare needs. The conference will help determine the needs of the road and formulate a way forward. This will include developing a convincing road financing policy and providing and maintaining an efficient, safe and affordable road network to meet the needs of a growing region.