ITF Consultation Day with International Organisations
On 24th January, FIM attended the International Transport Forum consultation meeting with international organisations. This meeting was attended by over 50 representatives from the international transport community and chaired by Mr Young Tae Kim, Secretary General of the ITF.
Mr Kim started the meeting by sharing with the participants its report on the activities of the organisation. ITF has been trying to develop and strengthen partnerships with Latin American and Asian regions by intensifying bilateral discussions with EPAC, UNESCA and APEC. Multilateral development banks (World Bank, Inter-American Development Bank) are also critical to the organisation’s outreach efforts. Mr Kim also thanked FIA and IRU for the financial support they provide to the ITF. Among the key topics the organisation will be focusing in the coming years, one can see digitalisation, connectivity, universal access and decarbonisation.
ITF secretariat then presented the Corporate Partnership Board platform which welcomes private organisations and invites them to contribute to the policy agenda in 2019 in areas such as transport innovation in emerging economies, new directions for data-driven transport safety, and algorithmic governance in transport. Blockchain and women in transport will be critical topics in 2019 and 2020.
Secretariat then presented the programme of the 2019 summit which will focus on “transport connectivity for regional integration”. Participants were invited to share comments. During the lunch break, stakeholders had the opportunity to exchange on a number of questions with the aim to prepare the ITF 2020 summit which will discuss “Transport innovation for sustainable development”. The event will look at social, environmental and economic contribution of UN transport Sustainable Development Goals.
The following topics were discussed:
- New mobility and connectivity: opportunities, challenges, solutions
- Connecting global regions for regions for sustainable economic growth
- Supply chains in a changing global economy and network resilience
- Fostering connectivity across borders
- Connecting remote and rural communities
- Policies for better integration if cities and urban regions
ITF is working on a preliminary programme which will be circulated to country members in June before being further discussed with participants of the meeting. FIM enjoyed the opportunity to actively engage in discussions with other representatives from the international transport community and look forward to a successful 2019 ITF summit.