Posted on November 05, 2015

Maersk Oil Qatar (MOQ) has reinforced its commitment to road safety in Qatar, through a sponsorship of the 24th International Traffic Medicine Association (ITMA) Congress being held for the first time in Doha later this month. The sponsorship builds on MOQ’s extensive support for Qatar’s One Second national road safety brand and other traffic medicine initiatives.

The 24th World ITMA Congress will be held for the first time in the Middle East from the 16th to 18th November under the patronage of Qatar’s Prime Minister and Minister of Interior H E Sheikh Abdullah bin Nasser bin Khalifa Al Thani. International experts from around the world will present the latest studies and research related to traffic medicine and traffic safety.

The sponsorship is one of numerous road safety initiatives from MOQ to assist the country to achieve the National Traffic Medicine Strategy Goal 2013-2022. For example, MOQ sponsored a knowledge sharing visit to the Swedish Vision Zero authorities in 2014, followed by a PowerTalk road safety event this year with key stakeholders in Qatar. And more than 6000 young adults have so far participated in Students for Road Safety – a MOQ awareness programme which aims to transform students into ambassadors for positive road behaviours.

Sheikh Faisal bin Fahad Al-Thani, Deputy Managing Director of Maersk Oil Qatar, said “MOQ has a proud history of supporting schemes that bring meaningful benefits to Qatar and as part of a global conglomerate, the Maersk Group is ambitious and committed to Qatar for generations to come. Road Safety is a huge challenge for all countries, including Qatar, so I’m pleased that we are helping to bring the brightest experts to Qatar to look for solutions at the 24th World ITMA Congress.”

The sponsorship agreement was signed by Brig. Engineer Muhammad Abdullah Al Maliki, Secretary of the National Traffic Safety Committee and the Chairman of the Organising Committee and Sheikh Faisal bin Fahad Al Thani, MOQ’s Deputy Managing Director, in the presence of Capt. Mubarak Salim Al Bouainain, Asst. Director of Public Relations Department at Ministry of Interior. The motto of the 24th ITMA congress is Traffic Medicine and Road Safety in fast developing countries. Delegates will be drawn from medical doctors, physiologists, psychologists, traffic safety experts, vehicle designers and manufacturers, engineers, policy makers, police officers, and insurance experts.

The group of experts will share the most advanced traffic medicine concepts and techniques to help prevent traffic crashes and boost traffic safety, first-aid, medical treatment, and in the process reduce deaths and disability cases.