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Yangon, December 2, 2015 Myanmar needs TIR for efficient logistics and trade
  IRU showcased TIR, the only tried and tested global and secure customs transit system to facilitate trade, to the Myanmar transport and logistics community and governmental representatives, at an international conference in Yangon last week.
 
Special focus was placed on the TIR Convention and the computerisation of TIR, as well as the IRU Academy’s work to improve road safety and efficiency through high quality professional training.
 
Over 200 participants from Bangladesh, Cambodia, Myanmar, Nepal and other countries, discussed the topic of “International Trade, Finance, Logistics and Business Development”. The conference was organised by the Myanmar Federation of Commerce and Industry, the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP), the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and IRU.
 
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Geneva, December 2, 2015 IRU launches new TIR-EPD interactive course
  A new interactive course on TIR Electronic Pre-Declarations (TIR-EPD) is now freely accessible to IRU Members, TIR Carnet Holders and other interested parties.

This course is designed to help transport operators use the different functions of the application in order to facilitate their work when sending Electronic Pre-Declarations.

Available in English and Russian, the training covers three areas:
  • Module 1 - Filling in and sending out EPDs
  • Module 2 - Actions with EPDs, messages, preferences
  • Module 3 - Users, passwords, databases
You can access the interactive TIR-EPD course through the IRU website or through the IRU Learning Management System

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Antwerp, December 2, 2015 Future transport trends and IRU’s response outlined
  Global mega-trends and their impact on the entire transport sector were outlined at the European Shippers Council’s Inland Transport Council meeting by Michael Nielsen, who leads IRU’s work in the EU. He pointed out the impact that urbanisation, connectivity, online commerce and infrastructure development will increasingly have on the delivery of transport services. The way in which services are provided and customers’ access to those services will affect traditional operating methods and business models, with examples of this change already beginning to be seen.

In response, a four pillared approach was presented that supports innovation and new operating methods in transport – continued policy advocacy to ensure a level competitive playing field; supportive alliances of institutions and organisations involved in transport; concrete preparations for the future now; and global campaigns to raise awareness of the changes and their challenges. IRU has already begun this work through a number of projects and initiatives, which were also presented.

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New Delhi, December 2, 2015 Significant progress on Indian smart urban mobility
  Significant progress made on Indian smart urban development by the IRU run All India Smart Move High Level Group, which continues to attract new members from the public and private sectors. Solid recommendations to increase collective passenger transport to be delivered by end of 2016.

Riyadh, December 2, 2015 Gulf Cooperation Council urges Bahrain, Oman, Qatar and Saudi Arabia, to join TIR
  The Directors General of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) for the Arab States are urging Bahrain, Oman, Qatar and Saudi Arabia, to facilitate trade in the region by joining TIR.

The recommendation was unanimously approved by all GCC Member States and calls for the swift collective or sequential accession to TIR, a tried and trusted UN Convention that streamlines customs procedures.

Another important resolution calls for the 1977 Arab Transit Agreement to be paired with the TIR Convention. As an observer, IRU attends all League of Arab States Technical Committee meetings in charge of modernising the Arab Transit Agreement, to provide necessary support and guidance.

GCC countries include Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates.

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Buenos Aires, December 1, 2015 IRU puts mobility, road safety and trade facilitation at top of Argentina’s transport agenda
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  In a recent visit to Argentina, IRU Secretary General, Umberto de Pretto, met with various stakeholders to discuss transport issues, facilitating trade and how to improve mobility.

Mr de Pretto was invited by IRU national member FADEEAC to speak at its Young Executives Council on leadership and the future of transport, where he notably awarded professional safety recognitions to drivers and company executives. He later met with FADEEAC’s President, Daniel Indart, Secretary General, Guillermo Werner, and Juan Aguilar, Secretary of Press and Institutional Relations, to discuss future mutual efforts in the region including TIR and the implementation of IRU Academy training programmes to improve road safety.

In a meeting with the Heads of International Affairs for the Argentine Ministry of Transport and Argentina Customs, Mr de Pretto underlined TIR’s benefits for improving domestic and international trade and transport. Argentina Customs gave its positive assessment of TIR and expressed interest for other government agencies to move forward in joining the UN Convention.

Mr de Pretto also attended the Camara Interamericana de Transportes (CIT) General Assembly, where freight and passenger organisations from some 20 countries were represented. He highlighted how international initiatives and key facilitation and security instruments can harmonise and improve international transport in South America and globally. He notably showcased IRU’s work to improve sustainability, passenger mobility, as well as efforts to ensure that Transport Network Companies follow the same rules as the taxi sector, which is crucial for ultimately guaranteeing the security and well-being of passengers and drivers alike.

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New Delhi, November 27, 2015 UMI conference delegates in New Delhi acknowledge benefits of IRU run All India Smart Move High Level Group
  The contribution to Indian mobility being made by the All India Smart Move High Level Group, as part of the Smart Move campaign, was presented to and acknowledged by participants of the Urban Mobility India (UMI) Conference and Expo 2015 that looked at “Transforming Mobility for Liveability”.

The audience of officials, urban transport professionals and international experts learned how, by bringing together key transport actors from industry, government and academia, as well as users, a joint vision, policy and business recommendations can be developed to positively influence sustainable urban mobility in India. The group’s work will create a practical road map to removing existing barriers and facilitating bus, coach and taxi transport across India to ensure the most efficient transformation of mobility for liveability.

In addition the European Citizen´s Mobility Forum was showcased at the Volvo Nobel Seminar 2015 as a positive example of how the needs and demands of road users can be translated into solid policy recommendations for supportive legislation. Speaking at the seminar, part of the Sweden India Nobel Memorial Week, IRUs Sonila Metushi, who works on passenger transport & taxi affairs, was able to highlight to policy makers, NGO´s and other stakeholders, the important work done in the field by the IRU and the IRU run European Citizens Mobility Forum.

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Karachi-Islamabad, November 25, 2015 A clear view to implementing TIR in Pakistan
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  The Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO) and IRU organised two TIR workshops last week, bringing together key stakeholders involved in the implementation of TIR in Pakistan.

Thanks to continuous efforts by the national association, PNC-ICC, stakeholders reached the understanding that the sooner TIR becomes operational, the faster Pakistan’s economy will be able to benefit from facilitated trade and regional cooperation.

Organised under the umbrella of the Ministry of Commerce of Pakistan and its National Trade & Transport Facilitation Committee, the workshops clarified the responsibilities and roles of all parties, particularly Customs authorities, in putting the necessary elements of TIR in place, and in operating them successfully.
 
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Dushanbe, November 24, 2015 IRU initiatives to facilitate central Asian trade are supported by Tajik Transport Ministry and Customs
An IRU delegation led by IRU President, Mr Janusz Lacny, met today with the Minister of Transport of Tajikistan, H.E. Sherali Ganjalzoda, to discuss the implementation of UN facilitation instruments, such as the TIR Convention, that play a key role in connecting Central Asian economies to all global markets.

The IRU delegation notably showcased how TIR effectively streamlines border crossing procedures, therefore boosting trade and economic growth by allowing the free flow of goods through international road transport. The need for high quality professional training of drivers and managers, such as those delivered by the IRU Academy, was also discussed.

In a separate meeting with the Head of Customs Service of Tajikistan, H.E. Abdufattokh Goib, the IRU notably showcased the benefits of implementing Real-Time SafeTIR and TIR Electronic Pre-Declarations (TIR-EPD), TIR+ and iCarnet for further efficiency gains in Tajikistan and the region.

Further to these constructive discussions, corresponding cooperation agreements were signed by IRU and the Association of International Road Carriers (ABBAT) with the Tajik Transport Ministry and Customs.

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From left to right: Mahmadaly Shokirov, ABBAT President; H.E. Sherali Ganjalzoda, Minister of Transport of the Republic of Tajikistan; Janusz Lacny, IRU President.
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From left to right: Mahmadaly Shokirov, ABBAT President; Janusz Lacny, IRU President; H.E. Abdufattokh Goib, Head of Customs Service under the Government of Tajikistan.

Astana, November 24, 2015 KazAvtoZhol partners with IRU for safer, more secure roads in Kazakhstan
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  Ermek Kizatov, Chairman of the Board for KazAvtoZhol, and Dmitry Cheltsov who leads IRU’s work in Eurasia, signed an agreement today, to bring extensive data on secure parking areas and road-side infrastructure along Kazakhstan’s roads to the IRU’s TRANSPark app.

In a plenary session on “Innovations and modern technologies in road construction”, Mr Cheltsov further showcased how public-private partnerships such as the IRU Model Highway Initiative, as well as the harmonisation of national legislation with UN facilitation and security instruments, can serve as a catalyst for sustainable development in the region.

In a separate meeting with Asset Assavbayev, Chairman of the Transport Committee of the Ministry for Investments and Development of the Republic of Kazakhstan, Mr Cheltsov discussed the current situation in the international road transport market. He underlined opportunities for developing transport in Asia and potential benefits from the current geographical expansion of TIR in Asia and TIR risk management tools.

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