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Geneva, October 20, 2015 UN survey aims to help countries better understand trade facilitation and paperless trade
  A new Global Survey on Trade Facilitation and Paperless Trade Implementation, was published today by the five United Nations Regional Commissions (UNRC).

It aims to enable UNRC countries to better understand and monitor progress in trade facilitation, support evidence-based policy-making, and highlight the needs for capacity building and technical assistance.

The IRU welcomes the survey which reiterates the importance of IRU’s focus on paperless data exchange through eTIR, and which is also fully in line with IRU’s commitment to boost trade facilitation and transport through the implementation of TIR.

Brussels, October 19, 2015 Dresden, Istanbul, Italy and Nairobi win bus and coach awards for transit and tourism innovation
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  The best city, transit operator, tourism and innovation winners have been announced in IRU’s Smart Move bus and coach awards for 2015.

Brussels, October 19, 2015 Benefits of TIR showcased as solution for trade facilitation in Africa
  Brussels - The TIR system was showcased to African customs attachés, outlining the significant trade facilitation benefits of TIR to the economies of the region. The event took place within the context of the World Customs Organization meetings in Brussels.

William Petty, Head of IRU’s Africa Committee said, “TIR is the only global transit regime that works. It is a meaningful tool to implement the many relevant provisions of the WTO Trade Facilitation Agreement successfully. Part of the TIR system is an international guarantee that covers taxes and duties when goods are in transit. Hence revenue for customs authorities is secured”.

TIR can deliver the most fruitful results on the ground if implemented in the region alongside relevant transport corridors. It can support economic growth through increased secure international trade. Currently there are 69 contracting parties to the TIR convention. Pakistan has recently joined and China is expected to be TIR operational by early 2016.

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Geneva, October 16, 2015 International Labour Organization tackles "uberization" of work
  In an unprecedented move, the International Labour Organization (ILO) adopted a Resolution on Transport Network Companies that underlines their negative impact on job security and working conditions.

Minsk, October 7, 2015 IRU holds high-level meetings with Belarusian Government
An IRU delegation, led by IRU Secretary General, Umberto de Pretto, conducted a series of high-level discussions in Belarus with the Deputy Prime-Minister, Mr Anatoly Kalinin, the Minister of Transport and Communications, Mr Anatoly Sivak, the Deputy Chairman of State Customs Committee, Mr Vladimir Orlovsky, as well as both Deputy Ministers of Economy Mr AleksanderYaroshenko and Mr Dmitry Krutoy.

The geographical location of Belarus at the junction of two major economic integration zones (European Union and Eurasian Economic Union), as well as the increasing trade with China through its one belt one road initiative, highlighted the agenda covering cooperation in trade, transport and logistics.

A particular emphasis was placed on the situation in the international market of road transport services and prospects of its development in Asia and potential benefits resulting from the current geographical expansion of the TIR Convention in Asia, as well as the promotion of TIR risk management tools.

The IRU delegation also attended the 9th International Specialised Exhibition "Transport and Logistics" organised in the framework of the Belarusian Transport Week and discussed current challenges in international road transport with Belarusian operators.
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From left to right: Gennady Baltsevich, Deputy Director General, BAMAP; Dmitry Cheltsov, IRU General Delegate to Eurasia; Marek Retelski, IRU Deputy Secretary General; Umberto de Pretto, IRU Secretary General; Anatoly Kalinin, Deputy Prime-Minister of the Republic of Belarus; Nikolai Borovoi, Chairman, BAMAP; Aleksandr Shishko, Deputy Minister of Transport and Communications of the Republic of Belarus

Brussels, October 6, 2015 IRU joins European Mobility-as-a-Service Alliance
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  The IRU has joined forces with 19 other transport and mobility stakeholders to launch the European Mobility-as-a-Service Alliance (MaaS). The core aim of this new initiative is to provide a common approach and reinforce cooperation across the transport sector in order to respond positively to the fundamental shift taking place in how transport services are provided.

The key concept that underpins MaaS is to put both travellers and goods transport users in the driving seat by offering them tailor-made mobility solutions that fit their individual needs. The bundling of transport service offerings will make it easier and simpler to meet customers’ transport requirements. It will also improve efficiency across the transport chain.

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Montreal, October 6, 2015 IRU’s Global Taxi Network showcased to international regulators
  Speaking at the 28th Annual Conference of the International Association of Transportation Regulators in a panel debate on "Apps around the world & the Global Taxi Network", the IRU showcased its Global Taxi Network. The importance of taxi industry innovation was outlined as well as the clear need to adhere to regulations in order to create a level competitive playing field within the sector. The IRU encouraged all leading taxi app providers from North America to join the Global Taxi Network - the fastest growing taxi apps network, providing safe, legal and high quality taxi services to customers, in full respect of applicable regulations.

The network links leading legal taxi apps and service providers from around the world, to allow customers to access high-quality taxi services from their smart phones, anytime, anywhere.

Beijing, October 2, 2015 IRU demonstrates TIR benefits to transport officials in China
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  IRU recently showcased TIR to local transport officials working at the frontline of border crossing points in China.

The training session was organised by the Ministry of Transport as part of IRU preparation leading up to China’s accession to TIR. It highlighted IRU’s role in representing road transport worldwide, how TIR works and its benefits, to more than 70 officials from transport and logistics companies.

New York, October 2, 2015 Urban Mobility on the UN’s Post-2015 Development Agenda
Mobility in urban areas, and its role in achieving the UN’s new development goals, was debated in New York earlier this week.

Following the recent launch of the Global Partnership for Sustainable Transport, IRU organised a panel session, linked to the UN General Assembly in New York, on Urban Mobility and the Post-2015 Development Agenda. The event was co-organised with UN Habitat and the Partnership on Sustainable Low Carbon Transport, or SloCaT, as well as the Turkmenistan Permanent Mission to the UN.

Participants underlined the need for efficient urban transport systems to ensure optimum connectivity and access to opportunities, as a major contribution to achieving the newly adopted Sustainable Development Goals. They further cited that improvements in urban transport systems ensure the necessary conditions for businesses to be competitive.

Dr Aisa Kirabo Kacyira, Deputy Executive Director of the UN-Habitat, welcomed the creation of the Global Partnership for Sustainable Transport earlier in the week, noting “the special contribution it can make to bringing business and industry closer to the sustainable urban mobility agenda.” She added that “UN-Habitat looks forward to working with IRU to take this partnership forward.”

The Partnership’s active involvement in preparatory activities for Habitat III, the third UN Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development taking place in Quito in October 2016, was also discussed at the event.
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Mr Andre Dzikus, Coordinator, Urban Basic Services Branch, UN-Habitat; Mr Igor Runov, IRU Under Secretary General

Saint Petersburg, October 1, 2015 Boosting transport and trade throughout Eurasia: a job for TIR
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  TIR’s role in boosting transport and trade was discussed in Saint Petersburg this weekend, at the 8th forum on “Transport and Transit Potential”.

Dmitry Cheltsov, who leads IRU’s work in Eurasia, highlighted the role of UN Conventions, notably TIR, in promoting effective and safe transport operations along transport corridors. He underlined TIR’s role, as a cost-effective customs transit system that streamlines border crossing procedures, in ensuring international cooperation, stability and sustainable development. He also stressed that harmonisation, lead by international best practices and standards, is paramount to driving economies.

Mr Cheltsov further highlighted how TIR, combined proactively with new risk management tools, can potentially boost trade volumes throughout the Eurasian Economic Union and beyond, which is of particular interest in light of China’s imminent accession to TIR.

The forum was organised by the Council of the Federation and State Duma of the Russian Federation with the participation of heads of transport, trade and industry ministries. It brought together over 500 participants representing public authorities and business communities from 50 regions of the Russian Federation and 10 foreign states.

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