Delegation of the European Union to Lebanon

EU-funded programme presents strategy for land transport in Lebanon

Lebanon, 13/12/2016 - 15:30, UNIQUE ID: 170217_11
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The main objective of SISSAF is to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of service delivery and financial sustainability in three Lebanese infrastructure sectors, namely energy, water and land transport, as well as the effectiveness of aid provided to these sectors.

The European Union-funded Support Programme for Infrastructure Sector Strategies and Alternative Financing (SISSAF) presented the new Land Transport Strategy for Lebanon during a workshop organised today in Beirut. Several results achieved in the three-year period of the programme were also presented. The workshop gathered representatives from the Ministry of Public Works and Transport and other Ministries, the Council for Development and Reconstruction (CDR), municipalities as well as key stakeholders in the transport sector. 

Mr. Abdel Hafiz Kayssi, Director General of Land and Maritime Transport at the Ministry of Public Works and Transport thanked the European Union for its continuous support and in particular for its contribution to reaching this important milestone for the sector in Lebanon.

Mr. Cyril Dewaleyne representing the Delegation of the European Union, said: "We focus today on one of the cornerstones of any sound sector development: a strategy. A comprehensive strategy that builds on thorough sector analysis, thanks to numerous consultations with the key actors within the transport sector, as well as with the Lebanese population through wide surveys. A strategy that then expands towards key priority axes and necessary means for implementation."

Dr Juan Sanz, SISSAF’s Team Leader, presented the project, the activities carried out and the achievements in the water, energy and transport sectors.

Mr George Xanthakos, SISSAF’s Transport Key Expert, detailed the key elements of the strategy, followed by a presentation of the "Strategic Environmental Assessment" which aims at ensuring the integration of all environmental considerations into the strategy.

In her presentation "Demand & Supply Assessment", Ms Rayane Wehbe, TMS Consult – SISSAF Consultant, presented the following achievements: a traffic model for Lebanon; a traffic demand in the Lebanese network; and a traffic model split and sensitivity tests carried out in the field in order to analyse the potential causes of disruption of the public transport system.

The presentations were followed by a roundtable discussion in which all participants had the opportunity to comment on the presented strategy.

The main objective of SISSAF is to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of service delivery and financial sustainability in three Lebanese infrastructure sectors, namely energy, water and land transport, as well as the effectiveness of aid provided to these sectors.

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