Innovations: The ITF
The International Transport Forum
Issues for Consideration at the 2012 Summit on Seamless Transport
The Advisory Board is the International Transport Forum’s link with the private sector. Its mandate is to provide strategic guidance to the Forum and its Annual Summit. At a meeting on 24 January 2012 in Berlin (Germany) the Advisory Board discussed the 2012 Summit theme “Seamless Transport: Making Connections”. The Advisory Board identified a number of key issues that, in its view, should be considered by political decision-makers, industry leaders an transport experts during their deliberations on 2-4 May 2012 in Leipzig. In the view of the Advisory Board they will be key to enhancing connectivity in transport on a local, regional and global level:
Alliances between modes are the way ahead. Transport modes no longer see each other as competitors. In freight and passenger transport, customers demand functioning cross-modal networks and one-stop solutions. Alliances and comprehensive network solutions that enhance connectivity must be encouraged and fostered. Efficient nodes like airports and ports are crucial for enhancing connectivity in transport at global level, especially when and where economies of scale push for traffic consolidation.
Better connected, seamless transport systems are what transport customers want. Providers who offer the most connected and integrated services will have a competitive edge. The bringing to market of innovative mobility products should be encouraged.
The digital revolution is a game changer for transport. Data availability and communication capabilities are driving changes in demand and in the management of mobility. They are also creating new, often more complex, business models in transport. Information technology need to be treated as an integral part of transport policy.
The lack of international standards is an impediment to more efficient transport. Absence of international technical and regulatory standards hamper cross-border transport and global trade facilitation as well as the introduction of innovative technologies, for instance electric mobility or electronic waybills. Sometimes the issue is not creation of common standards, but implementation of existing international agreements.
Urbanisation is a 21st century megatrend and a major transport challenge. Cities are the powerhouses of the global economy, but to maintain that role urban transport for passengers as well as freight needs to be rethought. Urban, regional and interregional transport need to become more connected into truly integrated networks to achieve sustainability, efficiency and accessibility for all.
ABOUT THE INTERNATIONAL TRANSPORT FORUM
The International Transport Forum at the OECD is an intergovernmental organisation with 53 member countries.
It acts as a strategic think tank with the objective of helping shape the transport policy agenda on a global level and ensuring that it contributes to economic growth, environmental protection, social inclusion and the preservation of human life and well-being.
The International Transport Forum organises an annual summit of Ministers along with leading representatives from industry, civil society and academia.
The International Transport Forum was created under a Declaration issued by the Council of Ministers of the ECMT (European Conference of Ministers of Transport) at its Ministerial Session in May 2006 under the legal authority of the Protocol of the ECMT, signed in Brussels on 17 October 1953, and legal instruments of the OECD.
The Members of the Forum are: Albania, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Belgium, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Canada, China, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, FYROM, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, India, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Korea, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Mexico, Moldova, Montenegro, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine, the United Kingdom and the United States.
The International Transport Forum’s Research Centre gathers statistics and conducts cooperative research programmes addressing all modes of transport. Its findings are widely disseminated and support policymaking in Member countries as well as contributing to the annual summit.
Members of the Advisory Board
Paolo COSTA (President, Venice Port Authority, Italy); Jean-Luc DI PAOLA-GALLONI (Corporate Vice-President, Sustainable Development and External Affairs, Valeo Group); Enrique DIAZ-RATO (CEO, Cintra, Spain); Lord MACDONALD of Tradeston (Senior Advisor, Macquarie Infrastructure and Real Assets, Australia); Claude MANDIL (Former Executive Director, International Energy Agency); Patrick OLIVA (Group Vice-President, Prospective& Sustainable Development, Michelin, France); Ron WIDDOWS (Senior Advisor, Neptune Orient Lines, Singapore); Mitsuhiko YAMASHITA (Executive Vice President, Nissan, Japan).
Disclaimer: The document does not represent positions of the International Transport Forum. It collects views of private sector representatives, gathered by the Advisory Board, to stimulate debate at the 2012 Summit on Seamlessness. While the Advisory Board as a whole submits these issues to the Summit for consideration and deliberation, not every individual member of the Advisory Board necessarily supports every of the items listed.