Connecting global regions for sustainable economic growth

Opening remarks by the 2019 ITF Presidency Korea

Plenary Session


22 May


14:00 to 16:00


Hall 1, Level +1

Around the globe, between countries, from city to city, or to the other side of town, good transport infrastructure and efficient mobility services bring people together and goods to their markets. The connectivity that transport provides widens horizons and opens up opportunities. It builds stronger communities and expands their reach. It strengthens our economies and helps our societies to prosper.

The Opening Plenary session will set a scene for the Summit debates that will explore how better transport connectivity can help integrate regions - from local communities and cities to global regions - and enable the achievement of economic, social, and environmental goals.

Panel discussion:

  • How does better transport connectivity engender more sustainable development in global regions?
  • How does improved connectivity impact wider economic growth, in particular, with regard to investment, trade, and tourism?
  • How can governments better incentivise increased investment in infrastructure for better connectivity?
  • What is the role of international cooperation in supporting and improving connectivity on a global level?

The Opening Plenary will be preceded by opening remarks from the Minister of Republic of Korea, the 2019 presidency country of ITF, the Minister of Germany for the host country and the ITF Secretary-General.



Elaine L. Chao

Secretary of Transportation, United States of America

Amani Abou-Zeid

Commissioner for Infrastructure and Energy

African Union

Li Xiaopeng

Minister of Transport of P.R. China

Jeong Ryeol Kim

Vice Minister for Transport, Korea

Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport

Stientje van Veldhoven

State Secretary for Infrastructure and Water Management

The Netherlands

Andreas Scheuer

Federal Minister of Transport and Digital Infrastructure


Violeta Bulc

European Commissioner for Mobility and Transport

European Commission

Pat Cox

Moderator, Journalist and former President of the European Parliament

Alexandre de Juniac

Director General and CEO

International Air Transport Association (IATA)

Kitack Lim


International Maritime Organization (IMO)