15th REAAA Conference (2017), Bali, Indonesia

The 15th REAAA Conference was held on 20-24 March 2017 at the Nusa Dua Convention Center in Bali, Indonesia. The theme of the Conference ‘Road for Better Living’, emphasised the important role that roads play in connecting transportation networks and logistic services and promoting economic and rural development. However, road development should also ensure that the quality of life, culture, heritage, and health of society is enhanced.

The Conference was co-sponsored by REAAA, the Ministry of Public Works and Housing, Indonesia, the Indonesia Road Development Association and the International Road Federation (IRF Global).

The themes of the Conference were:

  1. Road safety and intelligent transport systems
  2. Green construction and sustainability
  3. Road development as a driver of growth
  4. Road financing schemes/public-private partnerships
  5. Other topics related to road development

In addition to the plenary and technical sessions, the trade exhibition, technical and cultural visits, and social events, other events included:

  • Workshop on Pavement Management Systems
  • 4th REAAA Business Forum
  • 105th and 106th REAAA Governing Council meetings
  • 15th REAAA General Meeting
  • 12th Heads of Road Authorities (HORA) Meeting
  • 11th Young Engineers & Professionals (YEP) meeting
  • Presentation of Katahira Awards to the authors of the best papers who were under 40 years of age
  • Presentations to winners of Mino Best Project Award
  • Acknowledgement of the latest REAAA Honorary Members

A total of 579 delegates from 24 countries attended the conference, with the greatest number of delegates coming from Indonesia (248), the Philippines (100), Japan (70), and Malaysia (69). Whilst most of the delegates were from REAAA member countries, other countries represented included the USA, India, Vietnam, China, Spain, Mongolia, Tanzania, Pakistan, Nepal, Italy, France, and Bangladesh. A total of 62 papers were presented in the technical sessions, with the presenters representing 12 countries.