The Tanzania Roads Association (TARA) which is also a National Committee of the World Road Association for Tanzania in collaboration with the Tanzania Transportation Technology Transfer (TanT2) Centre and TANROADS under the Ministry of Works and Transport in Tanzania, Tanzania Rural and Urban Roads Agency (TARURA), the International Road Federation (IRF) Geneva, the World Road Association (PIARC) and other local and international institutions is organising a 5 days Course on Road Asset Management for Senior Executives to be held at Arusha International Conference Centre (AICC), Arusha, Tanzania from 7th - 11th June 2021 followed by a 1 day Regional Seminar on Road Asset Management for Decision Makers to be held at the same venue AICC, Arusha, Tanzania on 12th June 2021.
The primary objectives of the Seminar and the Course on Road Asset Management are to share knowledge, experience and best practices on Road Asset Management.
The Seminar and Course on Road Asset Management is specifically designed for decision-makers, CEOs, executive directors, managers and senior technical staffs in engineering practices and other road sector institutions. It is intended for persons who typically have the responsibility for decision- making in one or more areas addressed by transportation asset management. It is recommended that executive directors (CEOs) and agency top management attend the seminar (as a minimum) to appreciate the basics and importance of road asset management system.
Good understanding of the motivation and principles of RAMS will build awareness and the necessary “buy-in” needed prior to planning any implementation steps. The course is also intended for individuals who manage or provide critical information to senior managers, or who have direct responsibility for M&E or sector reporting, e.g., on roads performance indicators.
Road Asset Management is a strategic approach to managing road transportation infrastructure assets. The Regional Seminar and Course on Road Asset Management is highly desirable at this juncture, especially in developing countries such as countries in Sub-Saharan Africa where budget and other resources are more acute.
Road agencies, municipal councils and other local governments continue to face an increasing challenge of preserving and renewing road networks and other civil infrastructure assets while ensuring sustainable, safe and efficient civil infrastructure assets.
A key aspect of managing these civil infrastructure assets is related to the need for agencies to keep a comprehensive inventory of assets (such as pavements, bridges & structures, right of way lands, road signs, road furniture, etc.) to readily track work activities, periodic inspections, condition assessments and activity-based costs.
More important is the need to better carry out comprehensive prioritization and trade-off analysis to decide between investing on preservation/ expansion of one type of asset vs. another and/or operating expenditures vs. capital outlays to achieve the highest possible return on investment on every investment allocation across diverse domains of assets over very long-term view of assets’ lifecycle.
Recent research has demonstrated that road agencies need to be proactive rather than reactive in managing the road assets. With a robust planning system in place, both new roads and rehabilitation work can be planned and implemented to ensure maximum value for money for the entire portfolio of assets. This will eliminate managing the backlog from year to year. Also, incorporation of asset preservation at the strategic level (agency-wide) planning has been proven to achieve better assets at reduced long-term life-cycle costs while giving road users efficient transportation system, reducing vehicle operating costs and travel times, etc.
The course and the seminar will therefore provide stakeholders in the road sector with an excellent opportunity to share their expertise and experiences and to identify challenges and explore with colleagues innovative solutions for the benefit of all seminar and course participants. More details about the seminar and course are provided in the Announcement of the Regional Seminar and Course on Road Asset Management for Senior Executives and Decision Makers.