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Development of sustainable transport – one of the main objectives within the framework of implementation of initiatives in the TRACECA region


On May 22-24, 2024, the Annual International Transport Forum (ITF) Summit on "Greening Transport: Keeping Focus in Times of Crisis" was held in Leipzig, Germany, under the Presidency of Lithuania, while Chile and Azerbaijan were the first and second vice-presidents, respectively.

This year's Summit reflected the role of transport in ensuring environmental sustainability, as well as assessed the consequences of climate, heath and geopolitical crises. The effects of the Covid-19 pandemic and geopolitical conflicts disrupted the transport sector and supply chains, leading to an energy crisis and environmental problems.

The Summit brought together transport ministers, delegations of the ITF member countries, transport industry leaders and heads of key organizations, including the PS IGC TRACECA.

During the Open Ministerial Session on "Focus on collaboration to restore transport infrastructure and global connectivity", held on May 23, 2024, the Secretary General of the PS IGC TRACECA, Mr. Asset Assavbayev, delivered a speech. During his speech, the Secretary General paid special attention to the development of transport infrastructure and its important role in improving global connectivity. He noted that in order to solve this issue, significant costs and coordinated measures are required.

"The observed increase in the volume of goods transported proves once again that the pressure on the transport infrastructure will continue to grow. Thus, coordinated actions in this direction play a primary role in the further viability of interregional connectivity," the Secretary General added.

Following the discussions, most of the Summit participants spoke in favor of the need to take long-term measures to address current crises, such as the use of sustainable and automated vehicles, as well as the introduction of modern digital innovations to create a more sustainable transport sector.


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The International Transport Forum at the OECD is an intergovernmental organization with 69 member countries.  It acts as a strategic think tank to help formulate transport policy at the global level and promote economic growth, environmental protection, social inclusion and the preservation of human life and well-being. The International Transport Forum collects statistics, conducts joint research programs and organizes an annual summit that brings together ministers and leading representatives of industry, civil society and academia to participate in targeted debates on the strategy for the development of tomorrow's transport.


Permanent Secretaritat of the IGC TRACECA