So finally the SCC Brussels team has hit the ground. We arrived here on Sunday while our US colleagues were stuck in the USA due to snow storm and had almost 48 hours travel time since they left their home. Indeed rough start but we all are champions and ready to take on the challenge.
So we are Brussels, which is the Belgian capital and also the seat of European Union parliament and an important hub for the international businesses. We have been given the challenge to recommend solution which address the mobility challenge of Brussels. As per the statistics it is one of the top most congested cities of Europe. Hmm, indeed, interesting challenge to solve.
It has been an intense time since we have hit the ground, but exciting as well. Especially when we see the commitment from the city leaders and all the involved stakeholders. Best of part being IBMer is we are truly global. We are team of six experts who have never worked together or ever met each other. But in couple of minutes as a team we have got rolling and been excited to be part of this challenge at the same time knowing each other.
We had kick-off event on 24th Feb with Minister of Mobility Mr Pascal Smet, and Secretary of state Bianca Debaets along with approximately 60 stakeholders associated with mobility and transportation. This event has got press coverage and was a great start to create awareness among the stakeholders as well as citizens. Here is the photo of the event.
It was good event where Mr Smet shared his vision on how we sees the Brussels Capital region. Primarily it should aim on the quality of life for citizens. He put it crisply that we as humans are social beings. But with our current life style, where we drive for long hours, instead of having better human interaction, we spend long hours frustrating ourselves in traffic. If we really care about ourselves and the environment then more and more we need to adopt public transportation and reduce the strain on the mobility network.
Brussels Capital region is unique that it is divided into Brussels city and 19 municipalities surrounding the city,where each of the stakeholder is responsible for their own zone. In addition Brussels as a city gets traffic from all the various regions of Belgiumwhich makes the mobility issues bit more complicated as it involves actors or stakeholders from other regions and municipalities.
In last two days we spent a good amount of time having meetings with various stakeholders. It is very positive and encouraging to see that all want to resolve the mobility challenge the citizens of Brussels capital region are facing today.
We have few more days of interviews and understanding the cause of traffic congestion and how best we could get our expertise to resolve it. We know there is lot to do so stay tuned till next blog.