Led by CIHT Dubai, this event will look at transport planning in Fiji and the challenges that arise. This event will include a talk from Jarrod Smith who was previously the Lead Transport Planner for Fiji Roads Authority.
Situated in the Pacific Ocean, the island nation of Fiji is approximately 25 hours by plane from Dubai and over 30 hours from Europe. Over 300 islands provide an idyllic paradise destination for any traveler. But is “transport planning in paradise” a job which comes with a hammock, snorkel and beach towel? Not a chance!
A tropical climate with frequent cyclones and extreme weather, a position on the front line against climate change, the seasonal pressures of tourism and the peaks and troughs of foreign investment all make for an exciting, turbulent and demanding role which is a once in a lifetime experience in anyone’s career ladder. CIHT Dubai is delighted to present such an experience from a transport planner working for the Fiji Roads Authority.
The road network within Fiji connects many cities, towns and villages and is of paramount importance for people and goods around the country, with the condition of the roads the first item on the news everyday. In addition bridges, airstrips and jetties need to be constructed and kept open as a lifeline to communities nationwide.
Roads are also the main mode of transportation for Fiji’s most important export, sugar cane, with the crop season lasting four months and vital to the economy and local jobs. Providing a network that is reliable, safe and is resilient is therefore vital.
This seminar will discuss the multiple and often unique issues and challenges that present themselves on a daily basis to transport professionals in Fiji, the factors which exacerbate these challenges, improvements that have been tested and implemented, as well as ensuring that stakeholders at all levels understand the importance of a reliable transport network and long-term solutions which are being out into place.
Jarrod Smith has 20 years’ experience in Transport Planning and Traffic Engineering currently working for Jacobs in Dubai. His experience includes 11 years in the UK working in transport master planning and development control, 7 years in Qatar working on station area planning for the new Metro, local roads planning and delivery. Prior to moving to Dubai in 2020, he was the Lead Transport Planner for the Fiji Roads Authority.
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