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March 2010 Edition

Dear [fname],

Spring is on our doorstep. For IRF this is a particularly exciting period of the year. The IRF World Meeting, to be held from 25-28 May 2010 in Lisbon, Portugal, is just around the corner. An outstanding technical programme has been finalised, the last remaining exhibition stands have been snapped up and an exhilarating social programme is in place.

Please find detailed information about this landmark event here.

During the IRF World Meeting, we will also convene the IRF Geneva Annual General Assembly. You are cordially invited to attend this on 25 May, 2010. At the General Assembly we will elect the board members and executive committee for a new mandate period. We encourage you to step forward if you wish to stand for election for either of these bodies and help shape the future of the IRF.

In mid-February, IRF held a special brainstorming meeting aimed at exploring future scenarios and strategies to promote the development of IRF in general, and IRF Geneva in particular. The main purpose of this brainstorming session was to enable objective review and appraisal of various new ideas and trends in order to help ensure that IRF continues to evolve dynamically, in line with changing times and the fresh challenges they bring. A small core group, composed of Patrick Lepercq of Michelin France, Jean Beauverd of Colas Switzerland, Kiran Kapila of ICT India, Michael Stanciu of Search Romania and Abdul Awadh of TARA Tanzania, has been nominated to further develop and refine the various ideas that flowed from the discussions. The core group will work throughout the year in order to compile a detailed series of concrete proposals. Please do not hesitate to contribute your thoughts to this important process.

We look forward to the pleasure of meeting with all of you at the IRF World Meeting, which will undoubtedly be the most important road industry gathering of the year.

Sibylle Rupprecht
Director General
IRF Geneva

The Inland Transport Committee holds its 72nd session in Geneva

On 23-25 February 2010, the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe held the annual session of its Inland Transport Committee (ITC). The ITC is the highest political body of the UNECE in the field of transport and this year's session brought together high-level officials from the 56 UNECE member States, as well as representatives of 8 intergovernmental organisations and 8 NGOs, including IRF.


IRF PPP Working Group meets in Geneva

Under the chairmanship of Michel Démarre, of the French National Federation of Public Works (FNTP), the IRF Working Group on Public-Private Partnerships (PPP) met recently in Geneva to review progress and latest developments. The main current task of the Working Group is to publish a booklet on PPPs for Urban Road Networks. This booklet will essentially be based on a series of case studies, including assessments with respect to each and overall findings.


A warm welcome to our new members

We are delighted to extend a warm welcome to the District Development fund of Zimbabwe to become our new member.

The District Development Fund of Zimbabwe is an arm of government charged with the responsibility of Providing and Maintaining Sustainable Rural infrastructure so as to uplift the living standards of Rural people.The DDF is currently in charge of 25000km of rural roads which were constructed and managed by DDF in a programme that lasted 15 years.The DDF has since developed a robust maintenance system for rural roads that has seen the network survive over the last 20 years.

Press Releases & News

Energy Technologies Institute's £11m low carbon vehicle plan announced

Today (19 March 2010) the Energy Technologies Institute (ETI) announces the start of evaluation projects in an £11 million plan which will support the future roll-out of plug-in vehicles in the UK. Three research projects due for completion in 2011 have been announced, worth £4.5 million.

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