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The Portuguese National Committee of the World Road Association (CNPCE)

After a thirteen year period of inactivity in which important road related technical events didn't take place, Portugal was the venue in 1951 of the IXth World Road Congress. In fact, the political instability and the outbreak of World War II prevented Congresses being held after 1938. The IXth Congress represented, therefore, hope for restoring technical knowledge development and updating and renewal of important international meetings of professionals interested in sharing best practices related to roads and road transport. During the IXth Congress, two features were under the spotlight: the inclusion of the economic and financial return concepts in the assessment of road projects and the establishment of Technical Committees (TC). Precisely one year after the Lisbon Congress, in 1952, the Portuguese National Committee (PNC) was constituted.