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September 2013

ITF at the APEC Transport Ministers' Meeting

In preparation for the APEC Leaders' Meeting in Bali, Indonesia in October, the 8th APEC Transport Ministers' Meeting in Tokyo on 4-6 September focused on how to enhance connectivity in the region through high-quality transport. Connectivity is one of the priorities of this year's APEC Leaders' Meeting. Ministers agreed to develop a transport "Connectivity Map" that will visualise the ideal transport network for the year 2020 within the region. They will also develop a "Quality Transport" vision that encompasses convenience, efficiency, safety, security, and sustainability as priorities.

For the ITF, which participated as a guest, Secretary-General José Viegas reported on the ITF Summit on "Funding Transport" in May. Viegas emphasised the importance of trust between public and private partners for successful infrastructure projects, as well as the need to provide a steady pipeline of projects to diversify the risk of investing in large-scale projects. Generally, the focus of governments is shifting to better project selection, more realistic risk transfer and freedom to innovate.

Mr. Viegas held seven bilaterals, meeting with Minister Gerry Brownlee of New Zealand, the upcoming 2014/15 ITF Presidency country, and Minister Maksim Sokolov of Russia. Viegas also exchanged views with Senior Vice-Minister Hiroshi Kajiyama of Japan, US Deputy Secretary of Transport John Porcari, Vice-Minister Yeo Hyung-ku of Korea, Mexican Undersecretary of Transport, Carlos F. Almada, and Andrew Wilson, Deputy Secretary of Infrastructure and Transport, Australia. Three further meetings with top executives from NYK Line, Hitachi and Mitsui focused on ITF's new outreach mechanism for the private sector, the Corporate Partnership Board (CPB).

Go to José Viegas presentation "Improving the Environment for Investment"

Go to APEC-TMM8 website

Laura Schewel (centre) presented with the 2013 award

Calling young transport researchers!
Applications are now open for ITF's 2014 Young Researcher Award. The award aims to highlight the importance of transport research for sound transport policy formulation and implementation and to foster closer links between transport policy and research. It is open to young researchers under 35 years of age, offers a prize of
5 000 euros and will be presented at a ceremony attended by transport ministers of the ITF's members countries during the Annual Summit in Leipzig, Germany on 21-23 May 2014. The theme of the 2014 Summit is "Transport for a Changing World".

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Robin Chase presenting at the 2013 Summit

ITF Summit inspires new analysis tool
A new web-based Multimodal Benefit-Cost Analysis (MBCA) tool has been made freely available following a Transportation Research Board (TRB) study that showed the inconsistencies in benefit-cost methods across transportation modes. "The inspiration for providing the tool as a free service came to me at the 2013 International Transport Forum in Leipzig, Germany. I was inspired after hearing Robin Chase, founder of ZipCar, talk about using excess server capacity as an input for innovation and social good", says Glen Weisbrod, Director of TREDIS software development.

Go to the tool website




Forum activities
At the OECD Port Cities conference in Rotterdam on 9 September, José Viegas gave a presentation focusing on a twin challenge for port cities: rising global competition in the face of growing local concerns. National and supra-national approaches to co-ordination are needed, argues Viegas. Since these remain weak, the risk of piecemeal solutions and opaque policy making is real.

Go to José Viegas presentation "Ports' Twin Challenges"

Go to conference's Synthesis Report (pdf)

ITF was represented at the Word Conference of Transport Research (WTRC) in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil by Head of Research Stephen Perkins from 15 to 18 July. Several sessions addressing the economic impact of the Chinese high-speed rain programme provided input ahead of the ITF's Roundtable on High-speed Rail in New Delhi, India 18-19 December 2013. Research topics were also agreed with experts for the ITF Roundtable on Container Shipping Trends and Port Investment Strategy in Santiago, Chile 7-8 November 2013.

Go to ITF calendar of events

The Secretariat welcomes two new arrivals: Visiting Fellow Yeon Myung Kim from the Korea Transport Institute (KOTI) working in the Research Centre; and Katherine Taylor, a secondee from New Zealand's Ministry of Transport for who will be working as part of the Transport Policy & Summit preparation team and to help strengthen links with ITF's 2015 presidency country.

Vacancy notices:
ITF is currently seeking a Senior Transport Economist and Transport Researcher(s) at the Secretariat in Paris.

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21-23 May 2014
Leipzig, Germany

"Transport for a Changing World"

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International Federation of Freight Forwarders Associations (FIATA) World Congress

14-19 October 2013

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