Transport Community and World Bank Gather Experts for Road Maintenance and Asset Management Workshop

TIRANA – The Transport Community and the World Bank are hosting a two-day Road Maintenance and Asset Management Workshop in Tirana. The event, taking place on 21-22 November, focuses on road maintenance and asset management in the Western Balkans and Observing Participants

Opening the workshop, Transport Community’s Policy and Projects Road Coordinator, Ms Nerejda Hoxha, and World Bank Senior Country Operations Officer, Ms Evis Sulko, emphasised the importance of effective infrastructure management.

Ms Hoxha highlighted that this workshop shows the shared commitment of all the stakeholders to enhance infrastructure development and ensure sustainable road asset management. Roads are the amongst the biggest asset and effective maintenance is key to delivering the desired level of service to people and businesses. This workshop aims to build a platform of exchange of knowledge and best practices in road asset management.

On the other hand, Ms Sulko said that in light of the challenges posed by climate change, effective road asset management is critical in Albania. As extreme weather events become more common, proper management ensures resilient infrastructure, minimizes risks, and improves the overall sustainability of Albania’s transportation systems. In this regard, this activity is critical for helping to strengthen capacities in implementing an efficient road asset management system in Albania.

During the workshop, the participants will explore topics such as road asset management fundamentals, the role of service level agreements (SLA) and key performance indicators, focusing on data collection issues, and the importance of accurate inventory and condition data. They will also discuss road asset management systems (RAMS).

The workshop’s interactive format will encourage participants to challenge speakers and share experiences, fostering a cooperative learning environment, while case studies from Albania, North Macedonia and Georgia will provide participants with an insight into SLA projects and RAMS implementation approaches.

Upon the workshop completion, the participants will be awarded certificates on attendance confirming their deeper understanding of road maintenance practices.

This collaboration between the Transport Community and the World Bank aims to contribute to advancing sustainable road development in the Western Balkans and Observing Participants.