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ITF Secretary-General Young Tae Kim visits Philippines and Cambodia

ITF Secretary-General Young Tae Kim will visit the Philippines and Cambodia during a one-week mission to Southeast Asia from 24 to 28 April. 

The mission includes

  • high-level meetings,
  • a dissemination event for a completed ITF project on sustainable freight,
  • a launch event for a new project on regional connectivity, and
  • the launch of a new ITF report on “Regulating App-based Mobility Services in ASEAN”.

In the Philippines, the ITF team will present findings of the project “Decarbonising Pathways for Freight Transport in the Philippines” to high-level experts on 25 April and discuss recommendations to promote low-carbon freight transport in the Philippines. The dissemination event will be accompanied by a training session on ITF modelling tools and scenario analyses with staff of the Philippine Ministry of Transport on 24 April.

While in Manila, Secretary-General Kim will meet with Mr Jaime Bautista, Secretary of the Philippines Department for Transportation. He will also have bilateral meetings with the Ambassador of Germany to the Philippines, the Chair of the Philippines’ Climate Change Commission, and the Chief of the Transport Sector Group at the Asian Development Bank..

In Cambodia, the ITF team will launch the project “Enhancing Regional Freight Connectivity for Southeast Asia” on 28 April in Siem Reap. The project supports efforts to bridge existing connectivity gaps in the region with physical and soft measures in sustainable ways.

While in Siem Reap, Secretary-General Kim will hold a bilateral meeting with Mr Sun Chanthol, Minister of Public Works and Transport of Cambodia. Cambodia joined the International Transport Forum in May 2022.

The two studies carried out by ITF as part of the “Sustainable Infrastructure Programme in Asia” (SIPA), funded by the International Climate Initiative (IKI) of Germany’s Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU).

The ITF implements SIPA’s transport work stream, known as SIPA-T, which supports sustainable transport infrastructure development to better connect Central and Southeast Asia with global markets and improve citizens' access to services and opportunities with green modes. More information at

Secretary-General Kim will also present the new ITF report “Regulating App-based Mobility Services in ASEAN”. As elsewhere, app-based passenger transport and delivery services have boomed in Southeast Asia while remaining largely unregulated. This report looks at how to address safety issues and negative impacts without dissuading innovative business models, proposing a set of principles for effective regulation.

Michael Kloth
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