"Transport for a Global Economy: Challenges & Opportunities in the Downturn"

    Registration for the 2009 International Transport Forum Opens With
    Early Registration Discount Until 30 April

    PARIS, Feb. 26 /CNW/ - "We are preparing the second International
Transport Forum at an exceptionally challenging time for the global economy,"
said the Secretary General of the International Transport Forum (ITF) Jack
Short in Paris on Thursday, while announcing the opening of the registration
for this year's Forum, a key global meeting for the transportation community
from politics and business. Headed "Transport for a Global Economy -
Challenges & Opportunities in the Downturn", the Forum will be held from May
26 to 29 in Leipzig, Germany.
    "The transport sector is feeling the effects of the global downturn, with
dramatic declines in sales and activities," Mr. Short noted. "But transport
can and should play a strategic role in the economic recovery process,"
stressed the Secretary General. By bringing together in Leipzig senior
representatives from government, industry and the scientific community, the
Forum is a unique opportunity to review the most pressing issues posed by the
crisis and begin providing answers to key questions such as:

    -   How is the current crisis affecting transport and what are the
        appropriate policy responses?

    -   What is the role for transport in an effective stimulus package?

    -   How can environmental goals best be met?

    -   What measures are needed to deal with the social consequences of the

    -   How real is the risk of a return to protectionism?

    "More efficient transport can contribute a significant boost to restoring
growth and confidence in the world economy," said Mr. Short. "This year's
Forum in Leipzig is an opportunity to lead the way."
    More details on the 2009 International Transport Forum programme can be
found at: http://www.internationaltransportforum.org/2009/pdf/Prelprog.pdf.
    Registration Portal: http://www.internationaltransportforum.org - Until
30 April 2009 participants registering early will be able to benefit from a
discount on the participation fee.


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For further information: Michael Zirpel, Director of Communications,
International Transport Forum, Office: 5th floor, 2-4 rue Louis David, 75016
Paris, France Postal address: OECD/ITF, 2 rue Andre Pascal, F-75775 Paris
Cedex 16, Tel. +33(0)1-45-24-95-96, Fax. +33(0)1-45-24-13-22,

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