International Transport Forum 2009 "Transport for a Global Economy: Challenges & Opportunities in the Downturn" has Opened

    The Secretary General of the International Transport Forum, Jack Short,
    Opened the International Transport Forum 2009 in Leipzig on Tuesday With
    a Tour of the Accompanying Exhibition

    PARIS and LEIPZIG, Germany, May 26 /CNW/ - The International Transport
Forum (ITF) with more than 700 attendees from politics, industry, science and
civil society is the most important high level global platform focusing on
today's key transport issues. The consequences of the present downturn on the
transport sector and the contribution of the sector in overcoming the crisis
are the key topics being discussed at the four-day event in Leipzig. "The
transport and logistics sector is facing enormous challenges and these
difficult times require new thinking from the sector", said the Secretary
General of the International Transport Forum Jack Short on Tuesday at the
opening of this year's Forum in Leipzig. He opened the concomitant exhibition
in the Congress Centre Leipzig, where around 25 exhibitors from industry,
business and administrations are displaying their contributions relating to
the theme of the Forum.
    Transport Ministers of the 52 Member Countries of the Forum, which is
part of the OECD family, will be participating, offering the opportunity for
decision makers of both the private sector and public bodies to devise
strategies and actions contributing to policy-making on a national and
international level. The Forum welcomes to Leipzig this year, as keynote
speaker, Jacques Attali, and, on his first visit to Europe, the new
US-Secretary of Transportation, Ray LaHood. The Vice President of the European
Commission, Antonio Tajani, will add the EU perspective. "The fact that the
new CEO of Deutsche Bahn, Rudiger Grube, accepted our invitation to
participate in a high-ranking panel discussion underlines the special position
of this Forum for the transport sector in general", stressed the Secretary
General. Other industry leaders participating in the Forum are CEOs Peter
Bakker, TNT, Stelios Haji-Ioannou, Easy Group, Joachim Hunold, Air Berlin,
Leif Ostling, Scania, Scott Price, DHL Europe Express, as well as Ron Widdows,
Neptune Orient Lines, to name a few.
    Side events of this year's Forum are visits to the DHL Hub, the BMW plant
and the Quelle Mail Order Centre in Leipzig. A "special highlight" for the
Secretary General is the Children's University, which will be held at the New
Townhall of Leipzig on Wednesday afternoon, where children will have the
opportunity to dialogue with Ministers Tiefensee from Germany and Leuenberger
from Switzerland.

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International Transport Forum, Offices: 5th floor, 2-4 rue Louis David, 75016
Paris, France, Postal address: OECD/ITF, 2 rue Andre Pascal, F-75775 Paris
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