Ministers re-elect Young Tae Kim as Secretary-General of the International Transport Forum
Ministers of transport representing the member countries of the International Transport Forum (ITF) have re-elected Dr Young Tae Kim to a second five-year term as Secretary-General of the world's only intergovernmental organisation with a mandate for all transport modes.
Dr Kim's second term will begin on 21 August. He was first elected to this position in May 2017.
During his tenure, the ITF welcomed new member countries from Asia, Africa and Latin America; introduced new formats to engage with member countries and international partners; and increased the accessibility and visibility of ITF-produced knowledge.
Reacting to the decision of the Council of Ministers of Transport, the ITF's highest decision-making body, on 19 May, Secretary-General Young Tae Kim said: "I am deeply touched by the renewal of confidence in me that member countries have expressed today. It is an immense honour to have been elected to a second term as Secretary-General of the International Transport Forum."
He added: "I take today's vote for me to signify three things. First, that member countries feel the ITF has shown itself capable of coping with crises. Second, that member countries are content with the general direction in which ITF has developed during my first mandate. Third, I also take my re-election as a badge of trust in ITF's strategic development plan and the ambitious programme for my second term, which I have laid out today before the Council of Ministers of Transport. I am deeply committed to this agenda, and I look forward to reporting to ministers on the progress at the next ITF Summit."
The ITF is the only intergovernmental organisation with a global mandate for all transport modes. Hosted by the OECD, the ITF acts as a think tank for transport policy and organises the global Summit of transport ministers every year.
Nearly 900 delegates gather in Leipzig, Germany, from 18 to 20 May for the ITF's 2022 Summit under the theme of "Transport for Inclusive Societies".
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The International Transport Forum is an intergovernmental organisation with 64 member countries. It acts as a think tank for transport policy and organises the Annual Summit of transport ministers. ITF is the only global body that covers all transport modes. The ITF is administratively integrated with the OECD yet politically autonomous.
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