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IRF Press Release 2010

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31 May 2010
International Transport Forum 2010 meets in Leipzig around the theme Transport & Innovation

794 delegates from 52 countries gathered in Leipzig from 26 to 28 May 2010 to look into the challenges and opportunities for deploying the power and potential of innovation to improve the transport sector. The plenary sessions featured a number of prominent speakers, including Bertrand Piccard, Horst Köhler, Ian Goldin and Amar Bhidé, who inspired the audience with their enthusiasm and vision.

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31 May 2010
IRF participates in Second African Forum for Dialogue

The second annual African Forum for Dialogue was held in Geneva on 25th May 2010. This year's theme was "Peace and Security For Sustainable Development in Africa." The event was scheduled by the African Union to coincide with the celebration of Africa Day, and was convened only a few weeks before the opening of the 19th FIFA World Cup, hosted in Africa for the first time in history. In this respect, the choice of theme particularly highlighted the African Union's resolve to fulfil the African vision of peaceful co-existence, integration, prosperity and pro-activeness on the global scene.

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21 May 2010
IRF receives delegation from the Chinese Ministry of Transport and Communications

On Friday 21st May, IRF had the privilege of welcoming a distinguished delegation from the Chinese Ministry of Transport and Communications.

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14 May 2010
Adriatic Region Infrastructure and Finance Summit

Zagreb, the capital of Croatia, was the venue for the IRF supported Adriatic Region Infrastructure Investment & Finance Summit 2010, which was organised on 11-12 May 2010 on the occasion of the Annual Meeting of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development.

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22 April 2010
Unprecedented success for 2010 Senior Road Executive Programme

Together with the School of Civil Engineering of the University of Birmingham (UK), IRF hosted a highly successful Senior Road Executive Programme from 12-24 April, 2010. This important international seminar gave participants a unique opportunity to exchange ideas and experience, as well as enhance their technical, managerial and policy-making skills. In this respect, the course was designed to equip them with a solid grounding from which to implement improved road management and financing techniques, once back in their own countries.

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08 April 2010
IRF at Intertraffic 2010

This year, Intertraffic, the world's leading trade fair in the field of infrastructure, ITS traffic management, safety and parking, celebrated its 20th anniversary with its biggest ever show. Held in Amsterdam from 22-26 March, the event brought together over 800 exhibitors, from more than 40 countries, to showcase the latest industry trends and developments. Virtually the entire top 50 global concerns were in attendance.  Intertraffic 2010 also offered an even wider range of theme categories. In addition to its regular segments, the scope of the event was expanded to include two new sections, environment and cooperative systems.

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06 April 2010
Keynote presence of IRF at China National Forum

The 5th China National Forum on Innovative Highway Technology was convened in Beijing from 7-9 April. Organised by the China Highway and Transportation Society (CHTS) - a member of IRF - the theme for this year's forum was "Technical Innovation and Scientific Development on Roads".

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01 April 2010
BSEC Working Group on Transport meets in Istanbul

A meeting of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation (BSEC) Working Group on Transport took place on 24 March in Istanbul. It was attended by representatives from the Member States of Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bulgaria, Georgia, Moldova, Romania, Russian Federation, Serbia, Turkey and Ukraine. The Czech Republic and the Islamic Republic of Iran attended as observers. A number of BSEC sectoral dialogue partners also participated, including the Black and Azov Seas Ports Association (BASPA), the Black Sea International Shipowners’ Association (BINSA), the Black Sea Region Association of Shipbuilders and Ship Repairers (BRASS), and the Union of Road Transport Associations in the Black Sea Economic Cooperation Area (BSEC-URTA). IRF and IRU were present as international partner organisations.

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17 March 2010
IRF PPP Working Group meets in Geneva

Under the chairmanship of Michel Démarre, of the French National Federation of Public Works (FNTP), the IRF Working Group on Public-Private Partnerships (PPP) met recently in Geneva to review progress and latest developments. The main current task of the Working Group is to publish a booklet on PPPs for Urban Road Networks. This booklet will essentially be based on a series of case studies, including assessments with respect to each and overall findings.

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24 February 2010
IRF calls for greater focus on transport and climate change

At the Copenhagen climate change convention (COP 15) in December, the IRF (International Roads Federation) will join other transport stakeholders and advocacy groups to ask for transport to be given greater consideration.

At present, transport falls under "energy" in terms of the Kyoto Protocol, the subject of discussions at the Copenhagen convention, but IRF is calling for the transport sector should be regarded as a case on its own.

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17 February 2010
IRF Brain-Storming Meeting

IRF, as your association, has embarked on a thorough and extensive analysis of its present status, together with a comprehensive review of future trends and opportunities, aimed at evolving a common road map and strategic plan for the future. A first meeting, to which all members were cordially invited in order to kick start this process, was held on Monday, 15 February 2010, in Geneva, Switzerland.

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12 February 2010
Road Safety Campaign by Ministry of Road Transport & Highways and IRF India Chapter

A joint initiative of IRF India with Ministry of Road Transport & Highways, Govt. of India has been launched as National Campaign for "Reduction Of Road Fatalities" on 23 September 2009. Here are some slogans on road safety which are being issued in some 130 leading newspapers daily and in different languages around India.

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21 January 2010
IRF participates in the development of the Black Sea Ring Highway

Maria Novikov represented IRF at the third meeting of the Black Sea Economic Cooperation (BSEC) Steering Committee for the Development of the Black Sea Ring Highway (BSRH). The meeting took place at the BSEC Headquarters in Istanbul on 8-9 December 2009. IRF member Egnatia Odos S.A., a Greek road infrastructure operator, holds the Joint Permanent Secretariat of the Highway project. The project aims at providing a high quality highway around the Black Sea that runs continuously across the borders of BSEC Member States.

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15 January 2010
IRF concludes landmark Memorandum of Understanding with the University of Birmingham (UK)

A key Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed on 16th December 2009 by Sibylle Rupprecht, Director General of the International Road Federation, and Professor Michael Sheppard, Vice-Principal of the University of Birmingham.

By concluding this MoU, IRF and the University of Birmingham officially recognise their joint will and shared commitment to a mutually beneficial, co-operative relationship aimed at promoting teaching, research and other collaborative activity, in accordance with the following main aims and principles:

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