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April 2012
Video invitation - Angel Gurría, Secretary-General, OECD
2012 Annual Summit
Watch this video invitation from OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría for the 2012 Summit on Seamless Transport and learn what Ministers, business leaders and top transport experts will be discussing from 2-4 May 2012 in Leipzig, Germany.
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Luca di Montezemolo
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Luca di Montezemolo gives keynote at 2012 Summit
Luca di Montezemolo has been Chairman of the legendary sports car manufacturer Ferrari since 1991. After joining the company in 1973, he led Ferrari's Formula One Department to two World Drivers' Championship titles, with Nikki Lauda in the cockpit. In 2006 Montezemolo co-founded Italy's first private rail company, Nuovo Transporto Viaggiatori, which is launching Italy's first private high-speed rail link on the Naples-Rome-Florence-Bologna-Milan route on 28 April. Other prominent speakers include Bill Meahl, Chief Commercial Officer of global logistics giant DHL, Peter Hendy, Commissioner of Transport for London, the city that will host the Olympic Summer Games in July and OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría, who will present the 2012 Transport Outlook.
Workshop on Investment in Transport Infrastructure
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Latest report confirms improvements in road safety
The new 2011 Road Safety Annual Report shows continued reductions in road deaths during 2010 in member countries of the
International Road Traffic and Accident Data and Analysis Group (IRTAD). This follows significant reductions in 2008 and 2009. Latest available data contained in the report also indicates a continued downward trend for 2011.

In several countries (Denmark, Hungary, Ireland, USA) a more pronounced reduction in fatalities was observed during the last 3-4 years than during the preceding 15 years.

New transport research database proves a success
More than one million searches have been performed on the new Transport Research International Database (TRID) since its launch in January 2011. This success story was reported at a meeting of the Operational Committee of the International Transport Research Documentation (ITRD), in Paris on 28-29 February. The committee reports on progress in the integration of the ITRD database into the Transport Research Information Services (TRIS) database, both of which that are now together forming TRID. The committee noted that the increased number of searches in countries such as China, India and Korea is a reflection of the greater international pertinence of TRID.

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Seamless Public Transport for All
Promoting seamless public transport in its planning, design and operation were at the centre of the third joint International Transport Forum/Korea Transport Institute (KOTI) seminar held on 6 March. Seminar sessions examined strategies from national perspectives, better connectivity through network design, and information and communications technology's contribution to seamless operation of public transport. The results will provide research input to the International Transport Forum's 2012 Summit on the topic of seamlessness in May.

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Taking transport to the media
At a pre-Summit media lunch in Berlin, Germany on 23 March, the Forum's Acting Secretary-General, Michael Kloth (pictured), and German State Secretary Andreas Scheuer answered questions on transport issues ranging from ship safety to public transport. 30 members of the Berlin press corps attended.
Secretariat news
The Transport Management Board met on 7-9 March and agreed the final programme of the 2012 Summit. The election of a new Secretary-General and a new strategic funding framework were discussed and the ITF Revised General Rules reviewed.

On 26-27 March the Joint OECD/ITF Transport Research Committee (JTRC) met to discuss, inter alia, inputs to the 2012 Summit and the 2013 Summit on Funding Transport.

To strengthen statistical work and to improve data coverage, a Statistical Unit has been created within the Research Centre. The Forum collects statistics and data relevant to a range of transport policy issues, maintains historical databases and publishes analysis and indicators. The unit aims to become a reference point for policy-relevant international transport statistics and data analysis. Contact: Jari Kauppila.
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2012 rail freight in Forum countries is still 3.7% below pre-crisis levels.

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2010 data is now available from statistics.
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