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11 SEPTEMBER 2017
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The International Transport Forum (ITF) at the OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development) has a new secretary-general, Dr Young Tae Kim, a Korean national. He is the first non-European to lead the global body.
The mission of the OECD is to promote policies that will improve the economic and social well-being of people around the world. The ITF acts as a policy think tank for its 59 member countries and organises the annual summit of transport ministers.
Created as international global intergovernmental transport organisation in 2006, the ITF evolved out of the European Conference of Ministers of Transport founded in 1953.
“It is a privilege to lead an organisation that drives global dialogue for better transport”, Kim said on taking office. “Transport technology and services are changing in dramatic ways that require new policy responses. I want ITF to be a global pioneer of advanced transport policies for the 21st century."
He added: “The ITF is the only global body with a mandate for all transport modes. We are known for our cutting-edge research and policy analysis. My ambition is to develop the ITF into a truly interactive platform that will be able to develop core orientations for the future of transport in a time of change and disruption.”
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