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ITC High-level Policy Segment on "Automation in Transport"

19 February 2019


The 2019 plenary session of the Inland Transport Committee started on 19 February, with a high-level policy segment, which this year was on “Automation in Transport”. This theme created space for reflection of the Committee’s past achievements, current performance and future trajectory, highlighting its value added and underlining its future potential.

The high-level policy segment was enriched by side events and exhibitions or demonstrations of new technologies related to the automation in transport.

See here the photo album

Tuesday, 19 February 2019, 10:00 – 13:00
10:00 – 10:15 OPENING OF ITC

Opening Speeches:
Mr. Kristof Schockaert, Chair, Inland Transport Committee
Ms. Olga Algayerova, Executive Secretary, UNECE
Mr. Yuwei Li, Director, Sustainable Transport Division, UNECE
Mr. Jean Todt, United Nations Secretary-General's Special Envoy for Road Safety
10:15 – 11:20 SESSION I: Role and trends of Automation in Transport: Safety, efficiency and sustainability

Moderator: Mr. Young Tae Kim, Secretary-General, ITF
  • Keynote Speaker: H.E. Ms. Cora Van Nieuwenhuizen, Minister of Infrastructure and Water Management of the Kingdom of the Netherlands
  • Keynote speaker: H.E. Abdalla Mohamed Obaid Balhaif Al Nuaimi, Minister of Infrastructure Development of the United Arab Emirates
  • Mr. Matthew Baldwin, European Coordinator for Road Safety 
  • Mr. Guangzhe Chen, Senior Director, Transport Global Practice, World Bank (PDF)

Scheduled high-level contributions:
  • H.E Dr Bounchanh Sinthavong, Minister of Public Works and Transport of Lao PDR
  • H.E. Mr. Emil Kaikiev, Minister in charge of Energy and Infrastructure, Eurasian Economic Commission (EEC)
  • Mr. Yury Petrov, Assistant Minister of Transport, Russian Federation
  • Mr. Òscar Oliver, General Director, CETMO
  • Mr. Yves van der Straaten, Secretary General and Technical Director, OICA (PDF)
  • Mr. Eduard Fernandez, Executive Director, International Motor Vehicle Inspection Committee (CITA)
  • Mr. Steve Phillips, Secretary-General, Conference of European Directors of Roads (CEDR) (PDF)
  • Ms. Susanna Zammataro, Director General, International Road Federation (IRF) (PDF)
  • Mr. Gavin Dunnett, Director of Mobility Department, EIB (PDF)
  • Mr. Umberto GUIDA, Senior Director, Knowledge & Innovation, International Association of Public Transport (UITP) (PDF)
11:20 – 11:50 COFFEE BREAK
11:50 – 12:50 SESSION II: Challenges and synergies in advancing automation for all modes of transport

Moderator: Mr. Umberto De Pretto, Secretary General, IRU
  • Keynote Speaker: H.E. Mr. Volodymyr Omelyan, Minister of Infrastructure of Ukraine (PDF)
  • Keynote Speaker: H.E. Mr. Arkhom Termpittayapaisith, Minister of Transport of Thailand (PDF)
  • Keynote Speaker: Mr. Ion Iordăchescu, Vice-Minister of Transport of Romania (PDF)
Special Intervention from Rail Transport: Mr. François Davenne, Incoming Director General, International Union of Railways (UIC)  (Presentation / speech)

Scheduled high-level contributions:
  • H.E. Mr. Abdullah Li'Eibi Bahidh, Minister for Transport of the Republic of Iraq
  • Mr. Baymyrat Annamammedov, Deputy Minister of Industry and Communications of Turkmenistan 
  • Mr. François GAVE, Deputy Permanent Representative, French Permanent Mission to the UNOG
  • Mr. Michael Christides, Secretary General, Organization of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation
  • Dr. Jan Hoffmann, Chief, Trade Logistics Branch, DTL, UNCTAD (PDF)
  • Mr. Chaesub Lee, Director, Telecommunication Standardization Bureau, ITU
12:50 – 13:00 Closing remarks
Adoption of Ministerial Resolution on: “Enhancing Cooperation, Harmonization and Integration in the Era of Transport Digitalization and Automation”
13:00 – 15:00 Demo of state of art simulator for professional drivers, courtesy of DEKRA
ITC Delegates Cocktail, courtesy of the Federal Office of Transport of Switzerland
VIP/Ministerial lunch, courtesy of CITA




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