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March 2013


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Nobel laureate Amartya Sen to open Transport Funding Summit

Nobel prize winner Amartya Sen's keynote speech will open the 2013 Summit in Leipzig, Germany on 22 May. The eminent Harvard economist and philosopher will set the scene for three days of debate and policy discussions on transport's funding dilemma. A world authority on social and ethical implications of economic decisions, his insights will be of keen interest to the expected 1000 participants. Professor Sen will join ministers from the ITF's 54 member countries, industry leaders and other top thinkers to discuss innovative ways to fund tomorrow's transport systems in the face of tight budgets.

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Present your road safety innovations
Do you work on projects that can make the world's roads safer? ITF invites research institutions, NGOs, public administrations, development organisations and private sector firms to present their work to a global audience at the 2013 Summit. A special "Exhibition of Road Safety Innovation" will showcase ideas on how to improve road safety and reduce the number of fatalities and serious injuries. The Exhibition on Road Safety Innovation is one of the ITF's contributions to the United Nations' Decade of Action for Road Safety.

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UK and Jamaica team up to improve safety data
ITF is joining forces with the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) to foster a new twinning initiative between Jamaica and the UK that will help implement best practices in road safety data collection in the Caribbean.

In a first phase, a comprehensive review of safety data collection and use in Jamaica is currently being carried out by UK experts. Jamaica is a regional leader in road crash data and a potential beacon for sharing best practices and knowledge across the region.

This is the second road safety twinning programme initiated with the good offices of ITF's International Traffic Safety Data and Analysis Group (IRTAD). The first twinning, between Spain and Argentina in 2009, led to the creation of the Ibero-American Road Safety Observatory (OISEVI) in 2011.



 
 

 
 
 
 
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International Organisations debate funding issues
   
The various funding challenges facing different transport modes were debated during the ITF's Annual Consultation with International Organisations in Paris on 6 March.

The consultation with ITF's international partners is a mechanism to ensure the Forum considers the full range of issues to bring forward for debate at the Summit. The themes raised included defining spending priorities, the linking of transport networks across borders, and the funding of urban and regional mobility.

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ITF works with UK Airports Commission
   
Expanding airport capacity for major cities is difficult, constrained by community agreements on noise and by shortage or high prices of land. Relocating major airports in less sensitive locations is expensive and requires extensive investments in surface transport links to city centres. In multi-airport regions, options for expansion at the airports are to an extent interdependent. Assessing the options is complicated as airlines may respond differently to alternative ways in which the region's airport capacity is increased.

The Airports Commission will report on options for London in 2015. The ITF organised a two day roundtable meeting in February to review experience in addressing these issues at other major airports and assess international experience in reconciling planning and environmental constraints with demand for airport capacity and the potential benefits in terms of productivity and growth from expanding hub airline services.

Papers prepared for the event available here



 
 
Deputy Minister Asaul, Secretary-General Viegas
 
 
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Forum activities
Deputy Minister of Transport of the Russian Federation Nicolay Asaul attended the meeting of the Group on Road Transport on 4-5 March 2013 in Paris and held a bilateral meeting with ITF Secretary-General José Viegas. The Group discussed the Multilateral Quota distribution for 2014, as well as the development of the Quality Charter which introduces the highest standards for access to the profession of international haulage operators, driver training and social provisions in all 43 Member countries participating in the ECMT Multilateral Quota System. Full support for the introduction of the Charter was expressed by the Russian delegation and Deputy Minister Asaul also proposed a modification of the licence distribution in the second half of the 2013, currently under discussion.

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Secretary-General José Viegas returned from a visit to four non-European ITF member countries, meeting with the Hon. Gerry Brownlee, Minister of Transport of New Zealand, ITF's current Second Vice-Presidency country, the Hon. Anthony Albanese, Minister for Infrastructure and Transport of Australia, Vice Minister Zhenglin Feng of China and (now former) Korean Minister of Land, Transport and Maritime Affairs Do-Youp Kwon.

During his tour of the region, Mr Viegas addressed the 2013 ITF/Korean Transport Institute (KOTI) Joint Seminar on Funding Transport for the Future in Seoul, delivered a keynote at the New Zealand Transport Summit in Wellington, and made a presentation on Trends in Modern Transport Systems in Capital Cities in Perth; Australia. In Beijing, Mr Viegas also met with a circle of business representatives active in China.

The Transport Management Board (TMB), representing ITF's 54 member countries, held its second 2013 meeting in Paris on 12-13 March. The planning for the 2013 Summit on Funding Transport was reviewed. The Strategic Review of the Forum continued with agreement on revised General Rules. The TMB also approved the creation of a Corporate Partnership Board that will strengthen ITF's links with the private sector. Further progress was made on the funding framework for the organisation.
 

 



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