The Cambodian Ministry of Rural Development hosted a two-day workshop on Transport Infrastructure Management on 23 and 24 June 2005. Of central importance to this workshop are the two strategy growth areas: Physical Infrastructure and Private Sector Growth and Employment Generation. This document describes the background, presentations, discussions and outcomes of the workshop.
Seventeen presentations were provided by experts on infrastructure development and management. National, regional and ultra-regional knowledge and experiences (both successes and failures) were exchanged among Cambodian, Laotians and Vietnamese presenters & participants, which then stimulated the workshop working groups to identify areas for taking further suggested follow up initiatives.
The workshop highlighted the major challenges that transport authorities face to safeguard the considerable road investments, through programmes of systematic and cost effective maintenance. Effective maintenance systems take many years to establish, the World Bank in 1981 advised that they might take as long as 15 to 20 years due to the complex range of interacting factors involved. There are four main building blocks that must be assured for a successful road maintenance programme. They are:
- The designation of legal ownership of the roads, and control of traffic usage;
- The designation of the responsibility for the maintenance of the roads;
- The design and construction of roads appropriate for the local environment and with manageable and affordable maintenance liabilities, and the development of appropriate management systems to maintain the roads;
- The flow of adequate and stable funds to finance the maintenance of the roads.
Intech Associates & TRL; Intech Associates; TRL. SEACAP 2. Proceedings of the Workshop on Transport Infrastructure Management. (2005) 34 pp.