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Transport Ministers meet in Lithuania for their Second High-level Dialogue on Ukraine

The second ITF High-level Dialogue on Transport for Ukraine with transport ministers and delegates from more than twenty countries will take place on 10 April 2024 in Trakai, Lithuania. Lithuania’s President Gitanas Nausėda will open the one-day conference.

Ministers, high-level government officials and representatives of the European Commission, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development and other international organisations will discuss further support for the recovery of Ukraine's transport infrastructure in two closed-door sessions.

The conference’s aim is to strengthen the framework for co-ordinated assistance for Ukraine created by ITF member governments in December 2023 under the moniker CIG4U, for “Common Interest Group for Transport in Ukraine”. Concrete pledges toward the CIG4U are expected in Trakai.

Initiated and hosted by the current ITF Presidency country Lithuania, the event is co-organised by the ITF Secretariat in the context of its series of High-level Dialogues. These are fora to discuss transport-related issues of interest on specific topics or in specific world regions. The first High-level Dialogue for Ukraine was held in March 2023 in Poland.

Lithuania’s Minister of Transport and Communications, Marius Skuodis, said:

“This is the flagship event of the Lithuanian Presidency of the International Transport Forum, aimed to explore ways for ITF member states and the broader international community to further enhance cooperation and support to Ukraine in the field of transport.

The most effective way to help Ukraine is by working together, and one of our main objectives is to mobilise the international community for the long-term recovery and sustainable reconstruction of Ukraine’s transport links. "

ITF Secretary-General Young Tae Kim said:

"I thank Minister Skuodis for his initiative to hold a second High-level Dialogue for Transport in Ukraine to follow up on the first conference in Poland in March 2023.

The recovery of Ukraine and the rebuilding of its national, regional and global transport links will be a long journey. I hope that our meeting in Trakai will help smoothen the path with concrete commitments. We will take stock and prepare next steps at the ITF Summit in Leipzig, at a Special Ministers’ Roundtable on Ukraine on 22 May.”

The second ITF High-level Dialogue for Transport in Ukraine takes place back-to-back with the Three Seas Initiative (3SI) Summit and Business Forum, which will also have a segment on support for Ukraine.

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