New Delhi: Union Minister for Road Transport & Highways and MSMEs, Nitin Gadkari, visited the Swedish automotive safety supplier Autoliv in Stockholm, Sweden, yesterday. The Minister presented a copy of the report on ‘Road Safety in India’ to company representatives, and took note of the recent products and innovations of the company. Autoliv is the world’s largest automotive safety equipment supplier, with sales to all major car manufacturers in the world.
Road safety is a major concern in India, stated the Ministry of Road Transport & Highways in a Press communication, adding that the country has committed to safety, efficiency, and sustainability in the transport sector. The problem of safety is also linked to social equity in India, the Ministry stated, adding that with a large population of pedestrians, cyclists, and motorised two-wheelers competing for space on roads, the road safety needs for these vulnerable sections has to be kept in mind while designing and developing transport strategies.
The Minister later visited an E-highway Test-bed Demonstration site in Sweden, where he was informed about the recent technological developments in the sector achieved by Sweden.
Road Transport & Highways Minister Gadkari is in Sweden to represent India at the 3rd High Level Global Conference on Road Safety for Achieving Global Goals 2030, being held in Stockholm on 19 & 20 February. The objective of the two-day conference is to bring road safety on the global agenda and renew the world community’s commitment to safer roads. Leaders from participating countries will draw up a roadmap for reaching the United Nation’s goal set under the UN Decade of Action of reducing road collisions by 2030.
During his stay in Stockholm, Gadkari will have a bilateral dialogue with the Swedish Minister for Infrastructure, Tomas Eneroth; Minister for Foreign Trade, Anna Hallberg; Minister for Business, Industry & Innovation, Ibrahim Baylan; and also with the British Minister for Road Safety, Baroness Vere. Gadkari will also hold talks with the World Bank Vice President (South Asia), Hart Schafer. Also on Gadkari’s itinerary will be a Sweden-India Transportation Safety and Innovation Partnership meeting to be attended by a number of CEOs. Swedish and Indian businesses are likely to exchange several MoUs on this occasions, the Ministry declared.
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