The Intergovernmental Council of Road Workers was established in 1992. It dates back to Soviet times when in 1980, Prime Minister A.N. Kosygin considered establishing the Coordination Council of Road Workers, and in 1998 the Council was given an intergovernmental status.
Key ICRW Functions
The Intergovernmental Council of Road Workers performs many useful functions aiming to improve international relations between the CIS member-states in the field of design, construction, reconstruction, repair, and maintenance of roads. Also, it contributes to the following fields:
- The development of concepts of the scientific and technical policies in the field of ecology and traffic safety;
- Coordination and interaction of authorities in the design, construction, reconstruction, repair, and maintenance of highways and road structures included in the list of international highways in the CIS region;
- Coordination of the activities in the personnel training, the work of educational institutions, and research organizations.
The presence of highways is one of the defining conditions for the socio-economic development of any state. The presence of a developed network of high-quality highways contributes to the efficient functioning of all sectors of the economy.
Throughout its existence, the Council has acquired the status of one of the most important platforms for the exchange of experience on a wide range of issues related to the work of the road industry in the CIS countries and far abroad. Now, let’s pay attention to the structure of this organization.
The members of the Council are the heads of the CIS road administrations. Large industrial associations, stock representatives, road holdings of the CIS, and other foreign countries take part in the work of the Council as associate members. The founding members originate from Azerbaijan, Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Russia, and other CIS states.
ICRW is a department of the CIS Executive Committee. It has an extensive structure, that includes the Secretariat, working groups, the Audit Commission, and other auxiliary bodies. Let’s consider some of them in detail:
1. The Secretariat
The ICRW Secretariat is a permanent executive body that provides organizational support. The head of the Secretariat is a permanent deputy chairman of the Council. The Secretariat maintains business contacts with the Executive Committee of the CIS, the Council for Road Transport of CIS, the Interstate Council for Standardization, Metrology, and Certification, and other bodies of some international organizations.
2. Working groups
The Council has 6 working groups in the main areas of activity. Working groups are created by the decision of the Council. The activity of the working group is organized by the chairman, elected from its members, and approved at the Council meeting together with the Secretariat.
3. The Expert Scientific Council
This is an advisory body that provides scientific support for the Council’s activities. The main tasks of the ESC are the development of recommendations in the areas of fundamental industry research and joint scientific and technical developments, studying the results of the largest scientific research works and methodological documents carried out according to the plan. ESC prepares proposals on the formation of a unified scientific and technical policy of the CIS member states in the field of road facilities, as well as recommendations on the best ways and means of implementing this policy.
4. The Audit Commission
This commission is created by the decision of the Council to monitor the activities of the ICRW and its Secretariat. The Audit Commission is composed of specialists from member countries, who have the necessary knowledge and experience.
5. The Education Board
On September 12, 2013, it was decided to establish the Education Board. The initiative of the Secretariat and the Belarusian National Technical University is connected with the necessity to stimulate the proper education of the personnel for the road industries of the CIS countries. In particular, it studies all issues related to the training and educating of personnel for the road industry in specialties that are necessary for the design, construction, and operation of highways.
All these important bodies provide the proper operation of the Intergovernmental Council of Road Workers as a whole. Considering the role of this body in the CIS road industry, there is no doubt that future infrastructure projects will be implemented according to the latest trends and technical requirements.