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SPEECH

FOR THE FORUM ON ROAD SAFETY MCE TRANSPORT UNIVERSITY OF MAURITIUS REDUIT MAURITIUS BY DR A. K. MAULLOO 6TH APRIL 2006

Pro-Chancellor, Prof. S. Jugessur, Vice-Chancellor, Prof. I. Fagoonee, Distinguished Guests, Ladies and Gentlemen On behalf of the members of the Multidisciplinary Centre of Excellence Transport, I have immense pleasure, as Theme Leader of this Centre, to welcome you this afternoon to the Forum on Road Safety. I am sure most of you present here today, are wondering what is this MCE Transport? Let me start with a brief introduction on MCE Transport. Well, all the credit goes to the University of Mauritius for this innovative initiative to group experts from different fields under one umbrella in the form of an Excellence Park. Each component is called a Multidisciplinary Centre of Excellence (MCE). MCE Transport is just one member of this growing family of MCEs. Why an MCE Transport? On a normal day, an individual will often use physical transportation (going to the shop, dropping the kids to school, going to work,and so on). But, let us imagine, for a moment, Mauritius without a proper transport system, say, for 24 hours. I leave you to draw your own conclusions about the chaotic situation that will prevail. I am quite sure that most, if not all, of you will agree that Transport has become an integral part of our current life and culture. The transport sector fulfills a major role in the Mauritian economy and society. For millennia there have been people concerned with the means that achieve a proper transport system. . I am pleased to see many familiar experts in the business here today. This in itself is a motivation for forums of this type. The present achievements in this vast field (in our country or worldwide) is the end-result of people from all sectors (economists, engineers, scientists, the arts, management, social sciences, etc) and also from all walks of life.

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This is mainly the raison d’etre of the MCE Transport....