Ministry Signs MoU with Ashghal on Road Projects

Saturday, August 15, 2020
Ministry Signs MoU with Ashghal on Road Projects

Doha – Qatar

The Ministry of Transport and Communications has signed an MoU with the Public Works Authority (Ashghal) on planning, studying, designing, maintaining and managing the road projects.

The MoU is upgrading the level of collaboration, joint efforts and constructive cooperation between the two sides with the aim of providing a safe, integrated transportation system in line with best universal practices and standards within the tasks and competencies of the two parties. MOTC and Ashghal aim to develop and manage the mobility and transportation projects as an integrated network compatible with other modes of transportation in such an efficient, economic, safe and environment-friendly fashion. The two sides aim to fulfill the needs of the State of Qatar from in mobility and transportation in line with the Second National Development Strategy (2018-2022) and Qatar National Vision 2030.

The MoU was signed by MOTC Acting Assistant Undersecretary of Land Transport Affairs Eng. Hamad Essa Abdulla and President of Ashghal HE Dr. Saad bin Ahmed Al Muhannadi.

The MoU defines and explains the roles, missions and responsibilities of the two sides based on the Emiri decisions in such a way that avoids duplication and limits overlapping competencies through activating a joint working mechanism for planning, studying, designing, implementing, operating, maintaining and managing the road projects in the country according to approved development plans, implementation priorities and following up the implementation according to the set delivery timelines. This also includes taking all the necessary measures and activating the road assets delivery mechanism after road projects have been carried out by the contractor and the end of the period dedicated for maintenance.

Additionally, there will be an activation of a joint working mechanism regarding putting the necessary strategies and plans for maintaining and managing road projects and networks as well as coordinating on resolving the complaints from the public, doing the necessary maintenance works, developing and boosting joint cooperation to benefit from their capabilities in joint fields and stimulating sustainable economic and social development for the State of Qatar.

The MoU also covers activating community participation, facilitating cooperation, transferring knowledge and technology for supporting the efforts of achieving Qatar National Vision 2030 in this domain, as well as realizing mutual benefits, services and expertise that each party can make available for the other party.

It’s worth mentioning that Land Transport Affairs at MOTC is preparing the necessary studies for planning and designing land transportation networks and railroads and governance of land transportation system in accordance with latest systems and best global practices in the field. This is aimed at widening the scope of the economic movement, catering for the requirements of national development and achieving Qatar National Vision 2030.

Ashghal carries out infrastructure projects across the country according to the recommendations of MOTC and the comprehensive plans, strategic studies, concept designs, priorities, recommendations, reports, researches and the like.

Signing this MoU reflects the two parties’ interest in coordinating relevant business, bolstering cooperation on planning, designing, implementing and maintaining road projects in Qatar.