The Global Economy on the Agenda of the International Transport Forum 2009

    PARIS, Oct. 23 /CNW/ - "Efficient transport is a cornerstone of our
global economy," said the Secretary General of the OECD based International
Transport Forum Jack Short on Thursday in Paris, while presenting the 2009
Forum, to be held under the title Transport for a Global Economy - New
Challenges and Opportunities from 26 to 29 May 2009 in Leipzig, Germany.
"Today the financial crisis coupled with volatile oil prices poses demanding
new challenges for international transport systems," explained the Secretary
General. "A healthy global economy requires a strong and sustainable transport
sector." Competitive transport services operated securely and sustainably are
essential for growth and development.
    At the 2009 Forum, Ministers of Transport will again be meeting with key
leaders from industry, the research sector and civil society to discuss the
challenges of globalisation for the transport sector and consider what
transport can do to respond to the needs for global economic and social
development today. Some key issues to be discussed include what the present
economic crisis means for globalisation, what impact high transport costs have
on the economy and how the global credit crunch will affect transport
investment programmes.
    "The 2009 Forum will be a unique opportunity to meet the key transport
policy-makers of more than 50 countries," underlined Mr. Short. The question
of a further liberalisation in the transport sector in order to meet the needs
of a steadily globalising economy needs to be discussed as well as
improvements of the connections of seaports and airports to inland (rail and
road) infrastructure. At the same time the environmental and social
implications of globalisation are concerning more and more people and they
expect answers, stressed the ITF Secretary General.
    The Forum will also host an on-site exhibition as a showcase of best
practices for industry, transport and logistics firms and there will be an
opportunity for young researchers to receive an award by submitting a paper
based on their research in this field.
    For further information on the 2009 Forum consult

For further information:

For further information: Michael Zirpel, Director of Communications,
International Transport Forum, Tel. +33-1-45-24-95-96,

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