Networking Activities


Networking Activities are an essential part of the International Transport Forum’s Annual Summit programme. In 2012, join Ministers, industry leaders and civil society at the Presidency Reception hosted by Japan in the Opera House and the elegant International Transport Forum’s Gala Dinner hosted in the Glass Hall of the Congress Center Leipzig.

Japanese Presidency Reception

The Presidency Reception is the International Transport Forum's opening networking event for all Summit participants. This year, it shall be hosted by Japan, which holds the 2012 Presidency of the Forum. The venue for the reception will be Leipzig Opera House (Opera Leipzig) and will be opened by Japanese Minister of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism, Mr. Takeshi MAEDA.

International Transport Forum Gala Dinner at the Annual Summit

The International Transport Forum’s Gala Dinner is an excellent opportunity to relax and chat with new friends and contacts for all Summit participants.

Starting with a Cocktail Reception in the Exhibition Area, the event transitions from an action-packed, content-rich discussion and debate of global transport issues of strategic importance to a festive reception hosted by the Secretary General of the International Transport Forum.

The purpose of the Gala Dinner is to enable dialogue between politicians, policy-makers, industry and experts in a relaxed atmosphere.

In 2012, the Gala Dinner will be held in the spectacular Glass Hall of the Congress Center Leipzig.

The evening will include a welcome, sumptuous three-course meal to subtle background music, and a short entertainment interlude. To complete the night, guests will be invited to mingle further in the lounge (indoors and outdoors) and expresso bars while humming along – or dancing - to a favourite tune or two.

The Gala Dinner is a not-to-be-missed part of the Annual Summit.

Please note: The Gala Dinner is included in the registration fee. You may indicate your attendance at the Gala Dinner during the registration process. Please also reply to the e-inviation sent out two weeks prior to the Summit to confirm your attendance.