Mwasalat forum to spotlight Oman public transport master plan

By Business Reporter — MUSCAT:  Dec. 17: Oman National Transport Company (Mwasalat) will host the 7th International Union of Public Transport (UITP) in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Assembly at the Oman Convention and Exhibition Centre, Muscat, from February 12 to 16, 2017 as part of its strategic plan to promote the public transport sector in the Sultanate.
Dr Ahmed bin Mohammed al Futaisi (pictured), Minister of Transport and Communications, will open the forum on February 13 and discuss the master plan for public transport in the Sultanate. The opening session will include an address by Khalid al Hogail — Chairman of UITP MENA Division and Chief Executive Officer of Saudi Arabia Public Transport Company (Saptco), as well as a keynote presentation by Dario Hidaglo, sustainable mobility researcher and practitioner, who will present the best ways to make public transport the preferred mobility choice in the Sultanate.
The first session will be chaired by Alain Flausch, UITP Secretary-General, and will gather Ahmed bin Ali al Bulushi, Chief Executive Officer of Mwasalat, John Lesniewski, Group Chief Commercial Officer of Oman Global Logistics Group (OGLG) and Rakesh Belwal, associate professor and coordinator MBA programme at Sohar University in Oman, to discuss the Oman Public Transport Master plan by presenting the plans and challenges for developing public transport infrastructure and facilities and a full mobility plan in the Sultanate.
The second session, chaired by Mohamed Mezghani, Deputy Secretary-General in UITP, will feature solutions for enhancing public transport operations and efficiency by presenting best practice examples and discuss ways of controlling costs and enhancing the operations of public transport services.
Among the speakers are Yo Kaminagai, Head of Design at Autonomous Operator of Parisian Transports (RATP) and Marta Labata, Chief Executive Officer of Transports Metropolitans de Barcelona (TMB), who will share the experiences and achievements of some cities and will present ways for improving public transport image and perception to make it more attractive, accessible and available for the citizens of Oman.
Two simultaneous training sessions will be conducted from February 14 to 16, first session focusing on the bus sector highlighting ways to grasp the planning and execution of the bus public transport system, understanding the math of operation costs and getting familiar with latest developments in technologies related to the sector.
The second session is designed for taxi operators and authorities seeking to improve their approach on regulation and operations. This session will focus on knowledge and best practice sharing on the institutional and regulatory framework and operation of taxi transportation.