Development Agency; and the World Bank. Participants in this meeting identified a need for their respective government organizations to seek opportunities to increase awareness within the U.S. government and in other sectors about the magnitude of the problem and to seek opportunities for the United States to offer assistance that would improve traffic safety globally.

The workshop planning committee, appointed by the National Academies, arranged the agenda and identified participants. (See Box 1 for the statement of task defining the scope of the committee’s activities, Appendix A for the workshop program, and Appendix B for the list of participants.) In preparation for the workshop, representatives of selected U.S. government agencies were interviewed, and their responses were used to compile an inventory of federal agencies’ activities and interests related to road safety in developing countries. Results of the inventory were presented and discussed at the workshop and are summarized below.

The goal of the workshop was to gain a more complete view than previously available of the diversity of U.S. interests affected by the problem of road traffic deaths and injuries in developing countries, the scope of activities of U.S. agencies addressing the problem, and opportunities for further U.S. engagement. This overview was to be derived from the agency interviews and from the discussions at the workshop among representatives of

Box 1

Planning Committee for a Workshop on Traffic Safety in Developing Nations: Statement of Task

The committee will develop the agenda and identify participants for a 2-day workshop on road traffic safety in developing countries. The workshop will frame (1) the U.S. interest in reducing the frequency of injuries and deaths resulting from road traffic accidents in developing countries and (2) U.S. capabilities that could be brought to bear in reducing these losses. An inventory of U.S. federal agency activities and expenditures (along with those of U.S.-based nongovernmental organizations to the extent possible) will be presented and discussed, and current activities and expenditures will be compared with U.S. interests and capabilities. The workshop will involve approximately 50 participants drawn mainly from the U.S. government, industry, trade, international tourism, academic, and nongovernmental communities.

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