Brazil joins International Transport Forum (ITF) as observer
Posted: 23 July 2020 | Sam Mehmet (Intelligent Transport)
The ITF acts as a think tank for transport policy for member countries and as a platform for discussion and pre-negotiation of policy issues across all transport modes.
The ITF is said to be the only global body that covers all transport modes, with a mission to foster a deeper understanding of the role of transport in economic growth, environmental sustainability, and social inclusion and to raise the public profile of transport policy.
The Forum analyses trends, shares knowledge and promotes exchange among transport decision-makers and civil society. ITF Secretary-General, Young Tae Kim, said: “The International Transport Forum welcomes our new observer country Brazil with arms wide open. We are keen to learn from the country that gave the world one of the great transport innovations of recent decades, Bus Rapid Transit. Equally, the ITF member countries are ready to share their own experiences with Brazil to help address current transport challenges in Latin America’s largest and most populous country. I am sure that it will be a very fruitful collaboration for both sides, and I do hope to see Brazil become a full member of the ITF in due time.”
Ambassador Carlos Marcio Cozendey, Delegate of Brazil to International Economic Organisations in Paris, added: “Becoming an observer to the ITF is a very important step in the development of a closer relationship between Brazil and the Forum. We highly appreciate the new status granted by member countries to Brazil. We look forward to contributing to the discussions, policy analysis and best practice sharing on transport policies, in this privileged space provided by the ITF.”
Observer country status in the ITF is granted for one renewable two-year term.