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July 2014

Putting Transport on the Latin American Investment Agenda

ITF Secretary-General José Viegas brought a transport perspective to the OECD's 4th Conference on Investment in Latin America and the Caribbean in Lima, Peru on 7-8 July. Themed "Bridging infrastructure gaps through smart investment", the event - co-organised by the OECD, the government of Peru and the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and opened by Peruvian Prime Minister René Cornejo Diaz - explored the needs and opportunities for investment in the region, with a view to maximizing economic and development benefits generated by infrastructure investment. Mr Viegas moderated a panel on "Investment in transport - corporate strategies and regulatory challenges" (pictured) and was a discussant on the concluding panel, together with Colombian transport minister Cecilia Álvarez-Correa Glen.

In Santiago, Chile, Secretary-General Viegas met with Chilean minister of transport Andres Gomez-Lobo and Vice-Minister Cristián Bowen to discuss next steps for the implementation of the planned Logistics Observatory, for which Chile and the ITF signed a letter of intent at the ITF Summit in Germany in May. Intensified co-operation in other areas such as ITF's research activities and with respect to Chilean public transport projects were also discussed. In Santiago, Mr Viegas also met with board members of leading transport companies including LAN, the Chilean airline, and Ultranav (shipping and ports).
(Photo: ProInversión Perú | Flickr)

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Global freight: divergent trends for developed and developing economies
The latest available data on global freight collected by ITF up to and including March 2014 and released in the July issue of the Statistics Brief shows:

- USA and EU27 external trade, measured in tonnes of goods moved, remains stagnant;

- BRICS and Asia are locomotives of growth;

- China's external trade by sea and air, measured in values, continues to grow;

- Inland freight transport in emerging economies outperforms developed economies.
(Photo: kartografia | Flickr cc)

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Forum Activities
ITF kicked off preparation for its upcoming report on Liberalisation of Aviation with two special sessions on the topic during the Air Transport Research Society (ATRS) Conference. ITF Head of Research Stephen Perkins chaired the first of the special sessions at this annual conference on the economics of airlines and airports, held in Bordeaux, France from 17-20 July.

A keynote presentation on regulatory trends worldwide for criteria air pollutant emissions and CO2 economy was delivered by ITF's Mr Perkins, representing the Global Fuel Economy Initiative (GFEI). The keynote was delivered during a conference on Harmonisation of Light Duty Vehicle Regulations in North America organised jointly by the Mexican Ministry of Environment (SEMARNAT) and the International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT) in Mexico City from 8-12 July.

Mr Perkins also delivered a keynote presentation on "Regulation of Heavy Road Freight" at Mexico's National Freight Transport Forum in the presence of Rufino Léon Tovar, Minister of Transportation and Roads, Mexico City Government, in Cancún, Mexico from 9-12 July.

A mission to conduct a qualitative assessment of the trade and transport policy environment in ITF member country Turkey through a series of stakeholder meetings was undertaken by ITF's Dilay Celebi between Istanbul and Ankara from 01-04 July. The mission supports the ITF Corporate Partnership Board (CPB) Project "Understanding Drivers of Trade and Transport Performance", aiming to determine linkages between transport policies and performance indicators associated with the logistics performance index (LPI) in Turkey.

Dr Celebi also presented a paper on Understanding Drivers of Trade and Transport Performance at the International Symposium on Logistics (ISL), an academic symposium for logistics, operations and supply chain management, in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam on 8 July.

A new Web-Based Road Safety Manual for Road Managers is to be released by The World Road Association (PIARC) at the PIARC Congress in Seoul, Korea in 2015. Road Safety Expert Véronique Feypell represents ITF on the PIARC Task Force for reviewing the manual, a final draft of which was presented and discussed at a Task Force meeting in Vienna, Austria on 1-3 July.

An address on OECD's work on port-cities was delivered by ITF's Olaf Merk during the Naples Shipping Week at a session organised by RETE, an association of ports in Italy, Portugal and Spain on 27 July in Naples, Italy.

Clair Millar, Manager of Summit Preparation, introduced the ITF 2015 Summit theme "Transport, Trade and Tourism" at an OECD-organised workshop on Effective Policies for Tourism Growth. The workshop was hosted by SECO, the State Secretariat for Economic Affairs in Switzerland, in Bern on 2-3 July.

ITF is hiring a Project Manager/Analyst. More details here.

ITF is very pleased to welcome new staff members:

Vincent Benezech
will be working with the ITF's Transport Outlook team, analysing transport policies' long-term impact on demand and CO2 emissions as well as developing new prediction models. Vincent joins ITF from Réseau Ferré de France, the French railway infrastructure manager.

Seiya Ishikawa joins ITF from the Japanese Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MLIT). He previously was a member of the Japanese Delegation to the OECD's Territorial Development Policy Committee (TDPC). Seiya will be working on preparations for the ITF 2015 Summit on "Transport, Trade and Tourism".

Henry Peach joins ITF on secondment from the New Zealand Ministry of Transport, ITF's 2014-2015 Presidency country. Henry will assist the Summit and Policy team in developing the 2015 Summit programme and support the New Zealand Presidency work.



ITF in the Media
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Os dois lados da moeda (in Portuguese)

2Degrees | 27 June
What does the future hold for railways in a digital world? | 30 June
Operai 'droni' e grafene: e' la ferrovia del futuro (in Italian)

Monitor Global Outlook | 26 June
Maersk to cut Brazil-Asia line amid historic lows

World Highways | June
IRF and FIA Seminar energises discussion on safe and sustainable roads

Revista Logistec | 07 July
Observatorio logístico: sentando las bases para llevar a Chile al su mayor potencial logístico (in Spanish)

Folha de S. Paulo | 06 July
'Transporte grátis não faz sentido', diz especialista (in Portuguese)

Australian Cyclists Party | 07 July
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Les éco (Morocco) | 25 May
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