2019 Expert Group Meeting and Regional Meeting on Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) Development and Operation for Sustainable Transport Systems in Asia and the Pacific

2 Apr 2019 to 4 Apr 2019
Incheon, Republic of Korea
By invitation only

The Asia-Pacific region is experiencing rapid growth of urbanization. By the end of 2050, 68 per cent of the world’s population will live in urban areas, from the current 55 per cent, and much of this growth will take place in Asia. Traffic demand has been growing in this region steadily as a result of this increasing urbanization. Ever increasing motorization has led to many detrimental issues, such as energy consumptions, economic losses, air pollutions and road traffic crashes. Given the great importance of transport to sustainable development, countries in the Asia-Pacific region continue to apply different approaches to tackling transport-related issues.

Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) has, in this regard, revolutionized transport systems by deploying communications, control, electronics and computer technologies. ITS is an important tool for providing far-reaching solutions to pressing issues facing transport systems, ranging from accessibility, reliability, and efficiency to safety. By maximizing the potentials of ITS in Asia and the Pacific, ESCAP Transport Division has initiated a project entitled “Innovative and Integrated Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) for the Development and Operation of Sustainable Transport Systems in Urban Areas”, which was supported by the Korea-ESCAP Cooperation Fund from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Republic of Korea.

Under this project, expert group meeting and regional meeting are planning to be organized in Incheon, Republic of Korea on 2-4 April 2019. The meeting will focus on sharing the results of draft study report regarding the policy recommendations on ITS regulatory framework for the Asia-Pacific region. The meeting also will discuss challenge and issues related to ITS developments from member countries. Further, the meeting will provide participants with an opportunity to exchange information, knowledge and ideas on developing ITS policies at the national level and to network and further build their regional ITS contacts. Finally, the meeting will conclude with policy recommendations for ways forward in the new area of smart transport.