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Dominican Republic, Oman and Saudi Arabia join the International Transport Forum

Paris/Leipzig: Thursday, 23 May 2024

The Dominican Republic, Oman and Saudi Arabia have joined the International Transport Forum (ITF) as the organisation’s 67th, 68th and 69th member countries.

The ITF’s highest statutory body, the Council of Ministers of Transport, voted to admit all three nations on 23 May 2024 at its meeting in Leipzig, Germany.

More than 1 000 delegates from around the world are meeting in Leipzig, from 22 to 24 May for the annual summit of transport ministers under the theme “Greening Transport: Keeping Focus in Times of Crisis”.

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The ITF is the only intergovernmental organisation with a global mandate for all transport modes. Hosted by the OECD, the ITF acts as a think tank for transport policy and organises the global summit of ministers of transport every year.

Welcoming the new ITF member countries, ITF Secretary-General Young Tae Kim said:

“The ITF welcomes the Dominican Republic, Oman and Saudi Arabia with open arms as new members. We are proud to have with us a seventh nation from Latin America and the Caribbean, and our second and third members from the Middle East.

“The Dominican Republic is developing transportation policies that will provide a benchmark for the region, transforming the country into an important logistics hub in the Caribbean and a safe and reliable intersection in world trade. For their part, ITF members stand ready to share their experiences to help the Dominican Republic address transport issues that it wishes to tackle. I look forward to working for better transport in the Dominican Republic and beyond.

“Oman’s Vision 2040 depends on the provision of advanced transportation, communications and information technology infrastructure that is safe and integrated with urban and economic development. In particular, Oman’s Transport Ministry has initiated plans for zero-emission light and heavy-duty vehicles. ITF’s member countries look forward to assisting Oman in any way that they can. I am sure that Oman will find much inspiration in the experiences of other countries for further improving its transport systems.

Saudi Arabia aims to diversify its economy away from oil, prioritising transport policies that enhance connectivity and trade through improved road, maritime, rail and air transport networks. Saudi Arabia’s membership provides ITF members with an opportunity to provide advice to Saudi Arabia – and learn from its specific approach to solving its transport issues. It gives me pleasure to welcome Saudi Arabia to the ITF family, and I look forward to our fruitful co-operation.”

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Ronan Mac Erlaine
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International Transport Forum at the OECD
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