IRF at the 2021 Southern African Transport Conference (SATC)

IRF at the 2021 Southern African Transport Conference (SATC)

The 2021 Southern African Transport Conference (SATC) was held on 5 – 7 July and brought together over 700 transport professionals to discuss, debate, and learn about relevant topics relating to the exciting world of transport. 

The International Road Federation was pleased to support this 39th annual Conference with the participation of IRF President, Mr. Bill Halkias, at the Opening Ceremony and IRF Director General, Ms. Susanna Zammataro, as a Plenary Speaker.  

During his speech at the Conference’s Opening Ceremony, IRF President Mr. Bill Halkias highlighted the importance, and need, for cooperation and coordination within the transport sector. In the same way, access to information is essential when it comes to fostering dialogue and collaboration between stakeholders in the transport sector. To exemplify, Mr Bill Halkias reminded of some actions undertaken by IRF in partnership with other organisations, such as: 

  • And the report “Sustainable Mobility: Policy Making for Data Sharing” launched in March by IRF and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) that draws attention to the need for policy guidance for data sharing between the public and private sector stakeholders in the transportation sector.  

Sharing knowledge and expertise is key to progress in the transport sector, and finding ways to coordinate and leverage on that expertise is equally important.

IRF President, Mr Bill Halkias

IRF Director General, Ms. Susanna Zammataro, shared some words on Mainstreaming Digitalisation into the Road Sector during the Opening Plenary on 7th July. Digitalisation and technology will play an essential role in the future – on this basis, Ms. Zammataro highlighted the importance of working together as an industry to create a genuily safe, sustainable, and efficient multi-modal transportation system.

Embracing technology and digitalisation in the sector is passing from being an option into a need. The transportation sector will have to learn do things differently going forward.

Adopting and mainstreaming digitalisation and new technologies into planning, design and construction of infrastructure will be a game-changer for the industry allowing for greater efficiency and transparency, more effective road asset management, a more sustainable use of resources (including natural resources) and a lot more.

IRF Director General, Ms. Susanna Zammataro

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Liesbeth CasierSenior Policy Advisor, International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD)


Liesbeth Casier is a Senior Policy Advisor with IISD’s Economic Law and Policy Program. She works with the Public Procurement and Infrastructure Finance team on research and advisory services that involve innovation in public procurement. She also works on IISD’s Sustainable Asset Valuation. Liesbeth has advised governments in Bhutan, Canada, Colombia, the Dominican Republic, India, Morocco, Paraguay, Senegal, South Africa and the Netherlands.
 
Liesbeth also works extensively with the European Commission, the Inter-American Development Bank, the World Bank and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) on policy frameworks and the business case for sustainable infrastructure. She represents IISD at the OECD Working Group on Leading Practitioners on Public Procurement.
  
Liesbeth previously worked with UN Environment and started her career as consultant in auditing and corporate finance with a family-owned consultancy business in Belgium. Liesbeth has an academic background in political science and law.