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Mar 06 2020

Concluding of 3rd Emirati-French Business Summit

an image from the 3rd Emirati-French business summit

Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has wrapped up the third edition of the Emirati-French Business Engagement Summit held under the theme: Future of Mobility and Innovation. The summit, which was held in RTA Head Office, attracted about 220 senior executives and leaders of public and private entities in Dubai and France. About 45 firms, startups, multinational companies and financial institutions took part in the summit together with representatives of several government entities. 

“Through the Emirati-French Business Engagement Summit, RTA stressed the importance of maintaining the public-private cooperation. The summit opened new horizons for applying smart technologies and practices in support of the existing and future transit services. This course of action fits well with RTA’s strategy for transport systems and roads networks,” said Ibrahim Al-Haddad, Director of Commercial & Development at RTA's Strategy and Corporate Governance Sector.

Four vital topics were debated during the summit. The first was related to projects and initiatives about the first and last-mile challenge. It examined Dubai’s strategic objectives and Plan 2020. Discussions touched on the role of the private sector in promoting the first and last-mile strategy along with the challenges of integrating it with the mainstream public transport network. 

The second topic was sustainable and environment-friendly transport. Discussions covered RTA’s sustainable transport policy; which is built on sustainable structures, climate change, and the efficient use of resources. A discussion panel was held between RTA and representatives of French companies to examine sustainable transport issues and initiatives.  

The third topic related to data analysis and how to apply artificial intelligence technologies to future projects. RTA identified potential mobility data fields such as traffic movement, planning mobility demand, shared transport and smart carparking. RTA stressed the benefits of big data in improving resources, curbing environmental impact, enhancing customers experience, and boosting public safety. 

The fourth topic highlighted the importance of digital transactions such as blockchain, and looked into RTA’s blockchain projects and roadmap. A session was held to discuss initiatives and ideas contributed by French private firms about blockchain and smart mobility. RTA’s representatives were engaged with the presentations made and asked for further clarifications of ideas put forward. 

Overall, the summit was well received, especially from the French representatives who stated that ideas discussed this time around were unique and different. The interaction of French companies with RTA representatives was remarkable. The two parties exchanged knowledge about promoting the bilateral relations between RTA and the French Business Summit, knowledge transfer and best practices in the fields of transport and infrastructure. 

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