On the photo: (left to right) Dr Igor Runov, ICTD Executive Secretary, Mr Buri Karimov, Chairman of International Council of Road Administrations (ICRA)

On December 6, 2019 in New York ICTD signed a Cooperation Agreement with the Chairman of International Council of Road Administrations (ICRA) establishing framework for cooperation between two organizations in development and facilitation of the road industry in the countries of former Soviet Union.

The Sides agreed in particular to cooperate in the area of human resources development through introduction of special training courses for private sector and civil servants including distance-learning programs.

Both organizations will also cooperate in organizing joint events, including upcoming ICRA Auto Caravan in Summer 2020, exchanging of information, joint participation in major international forums.

Left to right:

Dr Igor Runov, ICTD Executive Secretary, 
Mr Buri Karimov, Chairman of International Council of Road Administrations (ICRA),
H.E. Fekitamoeloa Katoa ‘Utoikamanu, UN Under Secretary General, 

During the private sector Roundtable co-organized by ICTD, UN OHRLLS, ICC and ITC on the sidelines of the comprehensive High-Level Conference on Midterm Review of Vienna Program of Action for developing landlocked countries for 2014-2024 (VPoA), participants analyzed the progress in implementation of VPoA, and provided their vision for the next 5-year period.

H.E. Fekitamoeloa Katoa ‘Utoikamanu, UN Under Secretary General, chairing the meeting, emphasized the critical role of private sector in integrating LLDCs into the global economic and social processes and existing opportunities.

Dr. Igor Runov in his statement provided general outlook of the role of the transport sector in turning landlocked countries into land-linked countries, focusing, in particular, on the need to eliminate remaining administrative barriers in the global supply chains via introduction of a multimodal fully digital

Global Transit Document and development of human resources in transport related areas.

Strengthening the private sector role in the implementation of the Vienna Programme of Action, VPoA Side Event.
Left to Right:
Mr Buri Karimov, Chairman of International Council of Road Administrations (ICRA),
Mr. Ashish Shah, Director for Country Programmes, International Trade Centre (ITC), 
Dr Igor Runov, ICTD Executive Secretary, 
Mr. Ralph Pachalo Jooma, Minister of Transport and Public Works, Malawi
H.E. Fekitamoeloa Katoa ‘Utoikamanu, UN Under Secretary General,
Mr. Manqoba Bheki Khumalo, Minister of Commerce, Industry and Trade, Kingdom of Eswatini

On the photo: (left to right) Dr Igor Runov, ICTD Executive Secretary, Mr Jeffrey Sachs, Director, UN Sustainable Solutions Center and Center for Sustainable Development, Columbia University

A number of important bilateral meetings and consultations took place on the sidelines of the High Level Conference on the Midterm Review of Vienna Program of Action for developing landlocked countries for 2014-2024 (VPoA), focusing on different issues: from the role of transport diplomacy in global dialogue to elimination of administrative barriers in multilateral trade.

Left to right:
Dr Igor Runov, ICTD Executive Secretary,
Mr Umberto de Pretto, IRU Secretary General

“After successful participation and presentation at the Council Meeting Meeting in Bratislava last June (https://ictd2030.org/index.php/2019/06/24/639/) our relationships with Intergovernmental Road Council (CMCD) went a long way. After the Council’s recommendation to its official and business members to consider implementation of ICTD educational programs a number of governments have already approached us with specific proposals which are currently being carefully considered.

Last week another meeting took place in Moscow between ICTD Executive Director Dr Igor Runov and Ms Goar Mirzayants, Deputy Head of CMCD Secretariat (http://cmcd.ru/), with a special focus on joint participation in the upcoming UN events in New York later this year and organizing educational – training programs for official and business executives from the CIS and Eurasia in the US.”


Left-to-Right: Dr Igor Runov, ICTD Executive Director, Dr. Victor Dosenko, ITA President

Left-to-Right: Dr Igor Runov, ICTD Executive Director, Dr. Victor Dosenko, ITA President

“After successful participation and presentation at the Council Meeting Meeting in Bratislava last June (https://ictd2030.org/index.php/2019/06/24/639/) our relationships with Intergovernmental Road Council (CMCD) went a long way. After the Council’s recommendation to its official and business members to consider implementation of ICTD educational programs a number of governments have already approached us with specific proposals which are currently being carefully considered.

Last week another meeting took place in Moscow between ICTD Executive Director Dr Igor Runov and Ms Goar Mirzayants, Deputy Head of CMCD Secretariat (http://cmcd.ru/), with a special focus on joint participation in the upcoming UN events in New York later this year and organizing educational – training programs for official and business executives from the CIS and Eurasia in the US.”

On June 24 the ICTD Delegation took part  in the 41 meeting of the CIS Intergovernmental Council of Road Operators in Bratislava ( Slovenia). Addressing participants of the meeting from over 20 countries Dr Igor Runov focused on the critical role of transport in the implementation of the UN 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda.Ms Juliette Passer, Esq., informed participants about the comprehensive educational course on Transport Diplomacy developed by ICTD which was met with great interest. Based on these presentations and follow up discussion the Council adopted decision recommending the governmental and business bodies of member states to use the ICTD educational materials and training curriculums. 

Intergovernmental Road Council (CIS) is instrumental in formulating regulatory framework for road construction and management and promoting multilateral cooperation along major Eurasian transport corridors. Therefore there are quite a number of potential areas for cooperation with ICTD which were discussed in Moscow early this week – from Human Resources Development to creation of modern “ green” transport infrastructure in accordance with the UN Sustainable Development Goals .

“During a brief visit to Kishinev on March 29-30, 2019, Dr Igor Runov met with representatives of business and educational communities of Moldova to discuss areas of potential cooperation in promoting sustainable transport in this country, including introducing distant learning programs in transport diplomacy”. 

On the photo: “After successful consultations and signing cooperation agreement with Mr. D. Solomon, Rector of Moldovan Academy of Transport, Computer Science and Communications “