The International Transport Forum (ITF) at the OECD has three new member countries. Israel, Argentina and Morocco were unanimously accepted into the organization by its top decision-making body, the Council of Ministers of Transport, at the ITF Summit in Germany on 28 May.
The decision takes the number of ITF member countries to 57. Housed by the OECD in Paris (France), the ITF is an intergovernmental organization that acts as a think tank for transport policy and organizes the Annual Summit of transport ministers.
ITF is the only global body that covers all transport modes. Israel joins the ITF after becoming a member of the Organization of Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) in 2010.
“Israel is keen to contribute to the work of the ITF, and to be inspired by it”, said Moshe Kamhi of Israel’s delegation to the OECD on occasion of Israel’s accession.
ITF Secretary-General José Viegas also expressed his satisfaction at the accession of the three countries: “ITF is the global, all-modes transport organization. These three new members make the ITF even more global, and they bring significant transport experience to the table”, said Viegas.“We will be working with the governments of Argentina, Israel and Morocco to ensure that they get value for their policy making out of their membership.”