World Transport Convention 2021 (WTC 2021) – New Technologies, New Modes and New Transport
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World Transport Convention 2021 (WTC 2021) – New Technologies, New Modes and New Transport

June 15 June 19 CEST

The COVID-19 pandemic has pushed the world to reinvent itself and find new solutions to these new emerging problems. That is why, this year’s focus at the 2021 World Transport Convention (WTC 2021) was on “New Technologies, New modes and New Transport”

Held in Xi’an on June 15-19, 2021, WTC 2021 served as a platform for researchers, scholars, practitioners, government officials from around the globe to present their work, share their experience, discuss cutting-edge technology, and explore solutions to the common challenges the transportation industry faces today. 

WTC was hosted by China Association for Science and Technology (CAST), the Ministry of Transport (MOT), PRC and Chinese Academy of Engineering (CAE), organized by China Highway & Transportation Society (CHTS), with the support of organisations in China and abroad. 

IRF Participation at WTC 2021

IRF President, Mr Bill Halkias was invited to share some words at the opening ceremony of the World Transport Convention 2021 (WTC 2021). Following the theme of the conference on “New Technologies, New Modes and New Transport”, Mr Bill Halkias highlighted the impact that new technologies will have on the improvement in existing transport systems and the need to put in place proper processes and regulatory frameworks to embrace them. 

“The increasing digitalization of mobility presents an opportunity to accelerate the transition toward safe and sustainable urban mobility. Sharing of data across multiple sources is essential for decarbonizing our transportation systems and making mobility safer, more efficient, and accessible.” 

Mr Bill Halkias, IRF President

Liesbeth CasierSenior Policy Advisor, International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD)

Liesbeth Casier is a Senior Policy Advisor with IISD’s Economic Law and Policy Program. She works with the Public Procurement and Infrastructure Finance team on research and advisory services that involve innovation in public procurement. She also works on IISD’s Sustainable Asset Valuation. Liesbeth has advised governments in Bhutan, Canada, Colombia, the Dominican Republic, India, Morocco, Paraguay, Senegal, South Africa and the Netherlands.
Liesbeth also works extensively with the European Commission, the Inter-American Development Bank, the World Bank and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) on policy frameworks and the business case for sustainable infrastructure. She represents IISD at the OECD Working Group on Leading Practitioners on Public Procurement.
Liesbeth previously worked with UN Environment and started her career as consultant in auditing and corporate finance with a family-owned consultancy business in Belgium. Liesbeth has an academic background in political science and law.