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  • International Transport Forum Newsletter: Summit Special 2014
    Transport of New Zealand Our alignment of views means under the agreement there are no restrictions on air transport between beyond and within the two countries The agreement includes the exchange of cabotage or 8th freedom rights which allows airlines to carry domestic passengers within the territory of the other country More photos from the signing Chile and ITF to create logistics observatory Chile s Deputy Minister of Transport Cristian Bowen and ITF Secretary General José Viegas signed a Letter of Intent to create a logistics observatory in Chile The observatory will collect data and key indicators related to trade freight and logistics and will serve national planning agencies and regulators in decisions related to several key policy areas For this purpose it will transform the existing statistical system into a more complete goal oriented set of data and performance indicators for logistics More photos from the signing FIA and ITF launch co operation to improve road safety data collection and analysis FIA President Jean Todt and ITF Secretary General José Viegas signed a co operation agreement to improve road safety data collection and analysis Good road safety data is critical for any road safety research policy and crash prevention activities said ITF Secretary General José Viegas FIA president Jean Todt added The expertise which the ITF has acquired in the area of road safety data collection and analysis will allow us to better evaluate crash trends improve the analysis of risk exposure and design more effective road safety policies The new initiative is part of both organisations contribution to the UN Decade of Action for Road Safety More photos from the signing Austria and Chile sign technology agreement During the Summit delegates from Austria and Chile signed a Memorandum of Understanding on technology transfer More photos from the signing

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  • International Transport Forum Newsletter: May 2014
    led Growth The latest Statistics Brief updating global freight data collected by the ITF through December 2013 reinforces Asia s role as the locomotive of growth USA and EU27 external trade measured in tonnes of goods moved remains stagnant Dependency on Asia especially China for global growth intensifies Brazil s external trade by air considered as a lead indicator declines to below pre crisis levels Inland freight remains weak in the EU area the USA and the Russian Federation Photo Gavin Craigie Flickr cc Download the Statistics Brief for free Forum Activities ITF s Corporate Partnership Board CPB welcomes Uber founded in San Francisco in 2008 Uber creates mobile apps to connect car passengers with drivers in over 70 cities The next CPB meeting takes place on 22 May during ITF s Annual Summit in Leipzig Germany ITF Secretary General José Viegas met with French Secretary of State for Transport Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Frédéric Cuvillier to prepare the Ministerial Session of the Annual Summit under the Presidency of France during the Transport Research Arena TRA on 14 April in Paris Secretary General Viegas and ITF Head of Policy and Summit Preparation Mary Crass met with the German Federal Minister of Transport and Digital Infrastructure Alexander Dobrindt in Berlin Germany on 6 May to finalise preparations for the ITF Annual Summit Photo José Viegas with Alexander Dobrindt BMVI Journalists from some of Germany s top media outlets including BILD Zeitung Germany s biggest mass circulation daily and ARD the national television chain were introduced to aspects of the Transport for a Changing World theme by ITF Secretary General José Viegas during the annual ITF Media Lunch in Berlin on 5 May The Germany Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure BMVI was represented by Parliamentary State Secretary Dorothee Bär See

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  • International Transport Forum Newsletter: April 2014
    McLoughlin Secretary of State for Transport UK Cindy Miller CEO Europe United Parcel Service UPS the leading shipping freight logistics and supply chain operator Seoung hwan Suh Korean Minister of Land and Transport See all confirmed speakers The full multilingual programme is now available online in English French German and Russian Only one week remains to avail of discounted early registration fees Register now Rethinking Urban Transport for a Changing World Policy makers face both challenges and opportunities from the advancement of information and communication technology ICT and a rapidly changing demography most noticeable in East Asia The ICT revolution is influencing lifestyles by enabling previously unthinkable levels of information exchange and connectivity The transport sector needs to adapt to these changes and focus on the opportunities they present most evident in an urban context where rapid growth of cities poses enormous challenges for transport but increasing connectivity is already becoming part of the answer A seminar held in Seoul Korea jointly organised by the Korea Transport Institute KOTI and the ITF looked at Urban Transport for a Changing World in an Asian context with a focus on China Japan and Korea Secretary General Viegas delivered a speech on Urban Mobility at the Crossroads pdf on 27 March The seminar s findings will provide important input for ITF s upcoming 2014 Summit of Transport Ministers In Seoul Mr Viegas met with the Korean Minister of Land and Transport Seoung hwan Suh to discuss the Forum s activities and Summit preparation Seminar information on the KOTI website Forum Activities Improving Global Supply Chain Resilience was the focus of a workshop jointly organised by ITF and Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation APEC and co sponsored by 14 countries in Christchurch New Zealand on 26 28 March for which ITF s Research Centre prepared the keynote paper ITF Head of Research Stephen Perkins led discussions with APEC s working groups on Transportation and Emergency Preparedness Meetings on enhancing engagement and an examination of research priorities were held with the New Zealand Ministry of Transport in Wellington on 31 March Results of the ITF s Roundtable on the Economics of Investment in High Speed Rail were presented by Stephen Perkins at the Florence School of Regulation s 2nd Florence Intermodal Forum Workshop on High speed rail vs low cost air competing or complementary modes on 3 March in Florence Italy A presentation on Regional Connectivity Identifying and Capturing the Benefits grouping results from four ITF Roundtables on economic assessment and wider economic benefits was given by Stephen Perkins at the Sintropher Consortium Conference in Brussels Belgium on 27 February Secretary General José Viegas delivered an opening plenary speech on Urban Mobility at the Crossroads at the 24th edition of the Transport Scientific Days at the Technical University of Dresden Germany on 20 March The annual event presents new research in transport technologies and policies at German and European level to an academic core of around 300 participants Elene Shatberashvili delivered a presentation on Policy Data

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  • International Transport Forum Newsletter: March 2014
    of Solar Impulse the project to fly a solar powered aircraft around the world will deliver a keynote speech at the Sustainable Transport for All plenary session on 23 May Paul Romer Professor of Economics at New York University s Stern School of Business Professor Romer a world class specialist on growth and innovation theory will give a keynote speech at the session on Creating Liveable Cities in a Changing Urban Landscape on 22 May ITF are delighted to announce new 2014 Summit Sponsors Toll Collect a world leader in road toll systems is supporting the 2014 Summit as a Platinum Sponsor Dekra full service provider for safe and efficient mobility is supporting the 2014 Summit as a Silver Sponsor Discounted registration fees for the 2014 Summit remain available until 16 April Register here at discounted rate The full multilingual programme is now available online in English French German and Russian A Summary Record of the Consultation Day with International Organisations along with many presentations and position papers is now available Corporate Partnership Board Welcomes New Members ITF s new Corporate Partnership Board CPB continues to grow with Bombardier Transportation and Grimaldi Group joining twelve other multinational CPB member companies Bombardier Transportation is a global leader in rail technology offering a broad portfolio of innovations for sustainable mobility Grimaldi founded in 1947 is a multinational logistics group specialising in roll on roll off vessels car carriers and ferries The next meeting of the CPB will take place on 22 May 2014 during ITF s Annual Summit in Leipzig Germany M ore on the Corporate Partnership Board Forum Activities Secretary General Viegas highlighted the ITF s work on road safety and the International Road Traffic and Accident Database IRTAD at the 1st World Congress on Women and Road Safety a societal project in Rabat Morocco on 8 March organised by the National Committee for the Prevention of Road Accidents and the National Committee of Moroccan Women CNFM in the presence of Her Royal Highness Princess Lalla Meryan CNFM President More information on ITF s work on road safety ITF economist Philippe Crist Steering Committee member of the Long term Action Plan for the Association of Southeast Asian Nations ASEAN participated in the discussions during the Japan International Transport Institute ITPS Symposium in the presence of Indonesian Vice Minister of Transportation Bambang Susantono in Tokyo Japan on 20 February The ITF recent work on cycling was presented to the Japan Parliamentary Investigative Commission for Policies Promoting the Use of Bicycles in Tokyo on 24 February by Philippe Crist who also gave an overview of good cycling safety policies to the town council of Kanazawa Japan on 21 February The city is in the process of implementing a bicycle transport plan More on ITF s work on cycling Key results of the ITF Transport Outlook were outlined by Philippe Crist to members of the Chinese Ministry of Transport s Transportation Planning Research Institute TPRI including Director Li Xinghua at a meeting on 26

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  • International Transport Forum Newsletter: February 2014
    Hot Links Flickr CC Go to more ITF work on rail International Organisations meet to develop Summit 2014 Themes More than 35 international organisations and associations gathered in Paris on 31 January to share their input to the Summit theme Transport for a Changing World This annual consultation day organised by ITF each year in the run up to the Summit provides an opportunity for ITF partners and stakeholders to help develop and shape the theme of the Summit in preparation for the world s largest gathering of ministers of transport Go to position papers presentations video and photos from the event Volvo CEO to speak at 2014 Summit Ministers from ITF s 54 member countries and over 20 invited countries are expected for the ITF s 2014 Summit on Transport for a Changing World from 21 23 May 2014 in Leipzig Germany Ministers will be joined by leaders from business and research The ITF is delighted to announce that Olof Persson President of AB Volvo CEO of the Volvo Group will be among the distinguished Summit speakers in May Volvo is one of the world s leading manufacturers of cars trucks buses and construction equipment as well as marine and industrial engines Go to 2014 Summit programme and speakers information Forum Activities The ITF Secretary General met with Raymond Benjamin Secretary General of the International Civil Aviation Organization ICAO in Montreal on 13 January to discuss closer co operation between the two organisations As an initial step ITF will be making a presentation at an ICAO working group linked to the implementation of the aviation system block upgrades on 19 February Meetings with Google Chrysler Ford Motor Co and Ford Foundation were part of the ITF Secretary General José Viegas s itinerary during his visit to the United States in January on the occasion of the 2014 Transport Research Board conference in Washington D C In the talks Mr Viegas presented the ITF s plans for engaging the private sector through the new Corporate Partnership Board CPB Secretary General Viegas attended the public presentation of the European Railway Awards jointly organised by the Community of European Railways CER and The European Rail Industry UNIFE in Brussels on 28 January Mr Viegas had previously represented ITF on the jury Economist Jari Kauppila represented ITF at the First Annual Conference on Sustainable Logistics organised by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment and the World Bank s Global Expert Team on Trade Facilitation and Logistics in The Hague Netherlands on 5 February Mr Kauppila also represented ITF at the founding meeting of the Global Knowledge Network in Supply Chain and Logistics Policies in The Hague Mary Crass Head of Policy and Summit Preparation at ITF chaired a session on The Car in the Intermodal Chain at the Intermodes Conference in Brussels on 6 February ITF is very pleased to welcome new staff members Dr Antigoni Lykotrafiti is an expert in aviation regulation She joins

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  • International Transport Forum Newsletter: January 2014
    Countries at the session on Value of Transportation Infrastructure 08 00 09 45 on 13 January at Hilton Columbia Hall 7 Session 245 ITF s Head of Research Stephen Perkins presents an Overview of Road Safety in 2012 in IRTAD Countries at the panel on International Benchmarking on Road Safety presided by Fred Wegman Chairman of IRTAD 10 15 12 00 on 14 January ITF Secretary General José Viegas and Head of Policy and Summit Preparation Mary Crass will also be participating in TRB Committee and other meetings Shifting Economic Mass to Emerging Economies Shown in Global Freight Data The latest update of global freight data collected by ITF through September 2013 reinforces the observation of a shift of economic mass to emerging economies USA and EU27 exports increase strongly and imports decline markedly reflecting weak domestic demand and stronger performance of emerging economies EU external trade by air considered as a lead indicator rebounds above pre crisis peak indicating a potential improvement of the economic outlook Road and rail freight data continue to point out weak domestic demand especially in the EU area Photo  Oktay Ortakcioglu istockphoto Download the free Statistics Brief Registration for 2014 Annual Summit Opens 15 January Registration for ITF s Annual Summit on 21 23 May 2014 in Leipzig Germany will open on 15 January 2014 at www internationaltransportforum org 2014 The theme is Transport for a Changing World Understanding Trends Shaping Responses The preliminary programme of the Summit is already online Early discounts on registration will be available until 16 April Go to the preliminary Summit programme Expressions of interest to hold Summit Side Events are welcome until 20 January These provide important opportunities for transport stakeholders to present recent work foster debate on key issues or conduct technical and policy discussions Go to more information on Summit Side Events Details on sponsorship opportunities and participation in the Summit exhibition are now available online Early booking rates for exhibitors are available until 31 January 2014 Go to more information on Summit opportunities Applications for the ITF Awards remain open until 7 February Three Awards will be presented at the 2014 Summit in the presence of ministers of transport from around the world Transport Achievement Award for innovations between two and five years old Promising Transport Innovation Award for innovations that are less than two years old Young Researcher of the Year Award for researchers under 35 years of age Go to more information on the ITF Awards Forum Activities The chairperson of Korea s National Research Council for Economics Humanities and Social Sciences NRCS Dr Se Young Ahn led a high level delegation to ITF aimed at promoting joint research work on global issues and information sharing on 16 December 2013 The Korean NCRS is a public institution under responsibility of the prime minister and regroups 23 affiliated research institutes ITF has been working closely with the Korean Transport Institute KOTI Korea s official transport research agency which belongs to NCRS Pictured l

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  • International Transport Forum Newsletter: December 2013
    experience in a range of countries that have developed large high speed rail networks Experts on the economics of smaller scale high speed rail systems will also attend the discussions ITF and international experts will join Montek Singh Ahluwalia Deputy Chairman of the Planning Commission of the Government of India and Mallikarjun Kharge Minister of Railways Photo Arnaud Lizeray Flickr cc Go to more information on the Roundtable New Working Group to Assess Sustainable Transport Policies The assessment of policies for long term transition to sustainable transport will be studied by international experts participating in ITF s latest Working Group The group will focus on the effectiveness of government strategies used to mitigate transport emissions and other environmental effects particularly from road vehicles The group will specifically aim to identify the limitations of cost benefit analysis for assessing policies to mitigate climate change and examine additional tools Specific cases of policy initiatives and applied policy analysis will be used to learn from countries experience The Working Group consists of 12 members from 10 ITF member countries Canada Denmark France Germany Japan Netherlands New Zealand Russia Sweden USA and is chaired by France For the kick off meeting in Paris on 12 13 December pictured 16 invited experts from research institutions as well as the International Monetary Fund the OECD s Environment Directorate and Centre for Tax Policy provided additional input Go to more information on the working group Go to ITF work on environment Mobilising Transport Investment for Green Growth How to mobilise investment for more sustainable transport solutions was debated by experts at a panel during the OECD 2013 Green Growth and Sustainable Development Forum co organised with ITF on 5 6 December The forum explored solutions on how governments can improve their investment policy frameworks to reduce risk and attract long term private financing in support of green growth Photo VTrans Flickr cc Go to ITF work on environment ITF Provides Input on Urban Transport Policy for Mayors and Ministers Improving the co operation between national governments and cities to foster growth and well being with respect to the critical urban transport dimension was at the heart of input from ITF Secretary General José Viegas at the Fifth OECD Roundtable of Mayors and Ministers meeting in Marseille France on 4 5 December ITF has produced a wide range of studies on urban transport issues such as congestion reduction active mobility or regulation of public transport and has made the issue of urban mobility a recurrent theme at its Annual Summit of ministers of transport Photo Jan Jacob Trip Flickr cc Go to more information about ITF s work on urban transport Summit Registration Opens 15 January Registrations for ITF s Annual Summit on 21 23 May 2014 in Leipzig Germany will open on 15 January 2014 The theme is Transport for a Changing World Understanding Trends Shaping Responses The preliminary programme of the Summit is already available online Early bird discounts on registration will be available until 16

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  • International Transport Forum Newsletter: November 2013
    safety in the region Argentina has become the first Latin American country to join the International Traffic Safety Data and Analysis Group IRTAD the International Transport Forum s permanent working group on road safety data collection and analysis IRTAD is particularly renowned for its road safety database and its twinning programmes to improve road safety data collection as a key tool for guiding road safety policies Road Safety experts from around the world meet in Buenos Aires this week for a conference on Better Safety Data for Better Road Safety Outcomes jointly organised by IRTAD and the Ibero American Road Safety Observatory OISEVI an umbrella for co operation among road safety authorities from 18 Latin American and Caribbean countries that grew out of the IRTAD twinning programme in 2011 To support OISEVI IRTAD created the IRTAD LAC road safety database with a Spanish interface recently highlighted by UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon as an important initiative for the improvement and standardisation of data collection methods and data quality in Latin America Go to more information on IRTAD Go to the conference website Go to the OISEVI website Photo Matt Hinsa Flickr cc First ITF Roundtable in South America examines Port Investment The ITF s first Roundtable in South America took place in Santiago de Chile on 7 8 November Chile s Ministry of Transport and Communication and ITF brought together international experts to examine Port Investment and Container Shipping Markets Chile is ITF s most recent member country joining the organisation in 2012 The widening of the Panama Canal for 12 400 TEU vessels and the introduction of even larger ships of up to 18 000 TEU on the busy Asia Europe routes raises the prospect of major changes in the global shipping market The ability to accommodate very large ships has to be considered in planning new port developments especially where there is likely to be competition between ports The Minister of Transport and Telecommunications Pedro Pablo Errázuriz called the ITF Roundtable an opportunity that will strengthen transport policies developed by member countries thus helping to make our country and the world better places to live with transport systems that focus on the well being of the people Go to more information and the free Discussion Papers Go to interview with ITF Head of Research Stephen Perkins on Port Strategy in Diario Financiero Preliminary 2014 Summit programme now online The theme of the 2014 Summit is Transport for a Changing World Understanding Trends Shaping Responses It will take place on 21 23 May 2014 in Leipzig Germany The preliminary programme of the Summit is now available online Go to the preliminary Summit programme Applications for Side Events are now open Side Events provide important opportunities for key transport stakeholders to present recent work foster debate on key issues or conduct technical and policy discussions Go to more information on Side Events Young Researcher of the Year Award is accepting applications from researchers under 35 years of age ITF

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