His Excellency Mattar Mohammed Al Tayer, Director-General, Chairman of the Board of Executive Directors of the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA), held a video meeting with His Excellency Akihiko Nakajima, the Ambassador of Japan to the UAE. The remote meeting discussed means of boosting cooperation and sharing expertise between the RTA and the transportation entities in Japan.
The two parties reviewed the latest developments of the Covid-19 crisis and its impact on the public transport sector. They also touched on how mass transit means and shared transport are coping with the pandemic to protect riders and staffs along with actions taken in this regard. Discussions also covered the impact of the virus on the future trends and mobility options, such as the likely increase of flexible transportation models tailored to offer personalised mobility. The meeting also explored joint efforts in self-driving transport and RTA’s trials on transit modes such as the autonomous air taxi, autonomous vehicles and the smart mobility pods.
Al Tayer hailed the partnership and cooperation between the RTA and Japanese entities and firms in the field of transportation systems. The Japanese diplomat expressed his delight with the participation of Japanese entities and firms in RTA’s projects and transit systems. He expressed his hope for more cooperation and exchange of expertise in the interest of both parties.
Attendees of the meeting included the CEO of Rail Agency Abdul Mohsen Ibrahim Younes, the CEO of Public Transport Agency Ahmed Bahrozyan, and several directors at RTA.
Al Tayer and Nakajima during the virtual meeting