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2013 Summit: Funding Transport

22-24 May 2013, Leipzig, Germany

The demand for high-quality transport networks and services is growing fast. Meeting it requires continued expenditure and investment. But scarcity of public funds amplified by rising public debts brings into question traditional funding structures. With transport investment a long-term venture, robust, sound and credible funding propositions that will support trade, growth and long-term sustainability are urgently needed.

The Annual Summit of the International Transport Forum is the leading global platform for debate on the future of transport. At the Summit, ministers from more than 50 countries engage decision-makers from industry, civil society and research to explore the trends that will shape mobility in the 21st century.

The International Transport Forum’s 2013 Summit on “Funding Transport” will consider all aspects of funding and financing transport to answer: How will transport infrastructure, services and systems in general be funded to meet current and future demands? Key questions to be explored include:

  • In a competitive environment for private capital, where will the money go across regions and sectors: Europe, America, Asia, Africa? What are the key attraction factors?
  • How can the various types of funds and other sources of capital combine to provide the most efficient financing of the highest priority projects?
  • What are the pitfalls of Public/Private Partnerships and how can risks be managed to ensure the taxpayer does not bear any excess burden?
  • How should investment and operating costs of transport systems be split between tax payers, users and beneficiaries?
  • What do airlines and other actors of the air transport sector need to do to adapt and stay viable in a low-cost environment?
  • What is the right balance in allocation of scarce funds between services and infrastructure when both are equally important?
  • How can funding challenges be overcome to better connect global logistics networks across borders?


Why you should particpate


  • Find out how decision-makers are planning for the new era of mobility.
  • Identify trends that will drive future breakthroughs in transport.
  • Explore ways of overcoming barriers between systems, networks, modes and regions.
  • Network with top players, understand their views, influence decision-making.


How you can participate


  • As a delegate: To request an invitation for this exclusive event, please contact . Registration will open in January 2013.
  • As a sponsor: Raise your profile among top transport decision-makers as a sponsor of the 2013 Summit.
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  • As an exhibitor: Put your products and ideas on display where ministers and top decision-makers meet.
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  • For Media and Press opportunities, please contact .