On May 28, at the International Transport Forum in Leipzig, Ministers responsible
for transport in the member countries of the organization approved a joint
Declaration on transport, trade and tourism. With this document the Ministers
reaffirmed their willingness to cooperate in order to respond effectively to
the current challenges of the industry.
As noted in the Declaration, trade and tourism are important engines of
economic growth and job creation. International trade represents 50.6% of
global GDP and is expected to increase 350% by 2050. The share of international
tourism has, on average, 21% of income from exports all global services.
Advances in transport infrastructure, technology, and regulation have
facilitated the movement of goods and people, and enabled the growth of trade
and tourism. New technology and digitalisation, in particular, have created
tremendous opportunities for enhancing the capacity, efficiency and safety of
transport infrastructure, offering better transport services for traders and
tourists. Economic ties have enlarged in their scale and complexity.
This impact of transport on the effectiveness and process of development
of trade and tourism areas has brought ministers responsible for transport from
56 countries together to sign the joint Declaration. In the document the
parties expressed their readiness, using new technologies and constantly
improving the management system, to shape together the transport policy, thus
facilitating an effective development of world trade and global tourism.
Full text of the Declaration http://www.internationaltransportforum.org/Press/PDFs/2015-05-28-Ministerial-Declaration-.pdf