The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) is an agency within the U.S. Department of Transportation. The administration supports development and maintenance of better, safer and more sustainable roads and highway networks using the latest cutting-edge technology and technical methods for this purpose. FHWA also provides technical advisory services and high-tech training to various international entities based on agreements concluded between the Administration and these entities. Among these entities is the Kuwait Ministry of Public Works. An agreement between the Kuwait Ministry of Public Works and FHWA was concluded in 1968. By virtue of this agreement, FHWA provides advisory services to the Ministry in the fields of highway planning, design, construction, management and maintenance.
The current FHWA strategy in Kuwait is aligned with the agreement concluded in 1968. The technical support provided by FHWA technical experts is usually limited to a specific project or problem. Moreover, the training provided by the FHWA is as follows:
Facilitate the trips of the Ministry of Public Works Kuwaiti Engineers to the U.S. for attending a specific technical training course, or the trips of the American trainers to Kuwait for providing such training courses
Furthermore, FHWA has adopted the twinning partnership concept between the Kuwait Ministry of Public Works and Texas Department of Transportation (TXDOT).
Seven engineers from different sectors at the Ministry of Public Works have attended technical training courses at TXDOT to date.
Brief History: FHWA has maintained the presence of a branch office in Kuwait since August 1968 to August 1990. This presence is based on the agreement between the Ministry of Transport in the United States and the State of Kuwait (Ministry of Public Works).
This agreement stipulates the means by which FHWA to provide technical advisers to the Ministry of Public Works in the fields of planning, design, construction, management and maintenance of highways and highway systems in Kuwait. Initially, there were three FHWA engineers designated specifically for Kuwait. Later the number increased to approximately twenty two engineers appointed on an as-needed basis. Recently, the role of FHWA developed to include the responsibility of overseeing the various consultant contracts. In February 2006, FHWA started providing the Ministry of Public Works with technical consultations again. Currently, there is one person representing FHWA in the Ministry of Public Works who works to address the technical project needs on the short term and provide specific training needs.