Click to display in browser

Go to International Transport Forum website
Go to OECD website
April 2013

twitter Follow the 2013 Summit on Twitter!
Our hashtag: #FundingTransport

Why is it important to discuss transport funding?
Watch the second of our 2013 Summit videos!

OECD, World Bank top representatives to address Funding Transport Summit

Angel Gurría, Secretary-General of the OECD, which provides cutting edge advice to governments on key economic issues, and Rachel Kyte, the World Bank's Vice-President for Sustainable Development will speak at the Summit of transport ministers in Leipzig, Germany on 22-24 May.

Nobel prize winner and Harvard Economist Amartya Sen, The Economist editor-in-chief John Micklethwait will also join transport ministers from the ITF's 54 member countries to rethink the ways we fund and finance transport in the face of exploding global demand for mobility and tight budgets.

The Ministerial session on 23 May, to be held partly in open session, will include presentations to ministers from three business leaders:
-   David Fass, CEO, Europe, Middle East and Africa, Macquarie Group;
- Temel Kotil, CEO, Turkish Airlines;
- Jichang Zhou, Chairman, China Communications Construction Company.

For the full programme information and to register for the Summit, please click on the links below. Early registration discounts are available until 22 April.

More information including multi-lingual programme

Register here

Vehicle taxes & charges data allows new comparison
ITF statistics has launched a revised Heavy Goods Vehicles Database, including data to 2012. The free database allows users to easily compare road freight costs over different ITF member countries using a standard domestic  haul measurement, which allows for comparisons of road freight taxation regimes over different countries. These data have been used as core information to assist various international studies.

Access the free Database

The release is accompanied by the Discussion Paper: Road Haulage Charges and Taxes:  Summary analysis and data tables 1998-2012

Download the Discussion Paper


Elene Shatberashvili, ITF Road Group expert, with Alexander Kosarev of the Russian Automobile Union
Multilateral Quota system recovers significant potential
Russia removed its temporary reservation on the Quota system, allowing it to again become fully operational from 15 May 2013, at the extraordinary meeting of the ITF Group on Road Transport held on 4 April. This important decision allows Russia to increase the number of its licences tenfold and confirms Russia's commitment to a liberal market-oriented policy benefitting hauliers both in Russia and other member countries, as well as consumers, by bringing stability to the Quota system and facilitating trade. Preferential multipliers for the Euro V and Euro VI safe lorries were also adopted at the meeting.

More on ITF's Road Transport activities

Jean Todt (l.), President of the Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA) with ITF Secretary-General José Viegas

Forum activities
French Minister of Transport Frédéric Cuvillier received ITF Secretary-General José Viegas on 29 April. Minister Cuvillier and Mr Viegas discussed the new strategic direction for ITF and the work on a new funding framework. They also discussed the 2013 Summit on "Funding Transport", as France will take over the ITF presidency in Leipzig from Norway. On the occasion of the meeting, Minister Cuvillier confirmed that he will attend the Summit.

Jean Todt
, President of the Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA) and Formula 1 legend met with ITF Secretary-General José Viegas at ITF headquarters in Paris on 27 March to discuss collaborative initiatives to promote Road Safety and FIA's engagement in the 2013 Summit on Funding Transport. Mr Todt presented Secretary-General Viegas with a Formula 1 driver's helmet, signed by race drivers Fernando Alonso, Felipe Massa, Michael Schumacher, Nico Roseberg and Nick Heidfeld.

More on FIA's involvement in the 2013 Summit

ITF Secretary-General Viegas' keynote speech on "Innovation for Growth through our Transport Infrastructure" set the scene for the preparation of the Horizon 2020 research programme (2014-2020) at the opening session of a conference organised by the European Commission's Directorate-General for Mobility and Transport on 22 March before an audience of 80 EU-wide stakeholders from the transport infrastructure sectors including procurement, construction, design and engineering.

Download the keynote speech (PDF)

Top Norwegian road safety experts visited ITF to share experiences in recent Norwegian fatality reductions and learn about the ITF's ongoing work with member countries to improve safety data and further reduce the numbers killed and seriously injured in road accidents.

More on ITF's Road Safety work

ITF's Head of Research Stephen Perkins, attended APEC's Transport Policy Working Group to strengthen the contribution of ITF research to policy development in the region. The meeting was hosted by Vietnam's Vice Minister for Transport, Nguyen Hong Truong, in Ho Chi Minh City on 8-12 April with over 220 transport officials participating. ITF will contribute to an important APEC initiative on supply chain resilience and the two organisations expect to enhance their effectiveness through co-operation on a range of issues including trade, investment and road safety.


Gold Sponsors:


Discussion Papers:

Road Haulage Charges and Taxes: Summary analysis and data tables 1998-2012

Budgeting and Reporting for Public-Private Partnerships

2013 International Highway Technology Summit (IHTS)

16-18 April
Beijing, China

Market Place Seminar: Intercontinental corridors - New opportunities for Rail Freight?


18-19 April
Vienna, Austria

Funding Transport: 2013 Summit of the International Transport Forum

22-24 May 2013
Leipzig, Germany

Better Safety Data for Better Road Safety Outcomes

Preliminary Announcement and Call for Papers

13-14 November 2013
Buenos Aires, Argentina

>> Send us your events for inclusion
International Transport Forum

Free sign-up for Forum information | Unsubscribe here.
facebook Facebook
twitter Twitter