These events held in Geneva International Conference Centre (CICG) on 7 - 8 April 2016 and majority of the active member organization attended the events. The events provided the opportunity for all IRU active and associate members to meet each other and exchange information and ideas regarding the transport and logistics issues.
The AG and CTM was started by the opening remarks of IRU President Mr. CHRISTIAN LABROT and President of IRU Goods Transport Council (CTM) Mr. RADU DINESCU.
General Assembly Meeting covered the bellow agenda items:
- ELECTION (2016-2017 TERM OF OFFICE)
- Ratification of an additional member of the IRU Presidential Executive
- STATE OF THE UNION – REPORT BY THE SECRETARY GENERAL
- Approval of the IRU accounts for 2015
- IRU Foundations
- Report by the Accounts Commissioners
- Report by the President of the Finance Commission
- DRAFT IRU RESOLUTION ON “MIGRATION AND INTERNATIONAL REFUGEE CRISIS”
- IRU Award for Top Road Transport Managers, 2016
- IRU EVENTS
Goods Transport Council (CTM) covered the bellow agenda items:
- ADVOCACY INITIATIVES (FOR DECISION AND INFORMATION)
- Draft IRU Resolution on “Migration and international refugee crisis
- Status report and action plan on the implementation of the Quality Charter for International Road Haulage Operations under the ECMT Multilateral Quota System
- Cooperation with international organizations on facilitating trade and transport
- Implementing the WTO TFA through UN Conventions
- Cooperation with the B20
- c) Cooperation with OSCE - promoting security and digitalization in transport
- REPORT ON GLOBAL EXPANSION ACTIVITIES (FOR INFORMATION)
- Oil price evolution – latest developments and outlook
- Roundtable on trade and transport facilitation in The Americas - turning national challenges into international opportunities
- Launch of new TIR products as of 1 July 2016
- Analysis of the transport market on the Eurasian continent
Afghanistan was also represented to the IRU AG and CTM meetings by Mr. Khan Jan Alokozai, the First Vice Chairman and Mr. Abdul Qadir Bahman the Deputy CEO of Afghanistan Chamber of Commerce and Industries. The Afghanistan delegation also had a number of fruitful meetings and discussions with, Turkey, Tajikistan, Pakistan and Turkmenistan officials regarding the TIR issues parallel to the AG meeting. They have discussed the smooth implementation of TIR system in Afghanistan and encouraged them to use Afghanistan transport corridors for their transport operation under TIR system which is the shortest way.
Beside other agenda items, a resolution on migration and the international refugee crisis was adopted by the IRU General Assembly. Recognizing that migration is a worldwide humanitarian, social and political challenge for governments, international organisations and society in general, IRU called on governments to work together in a more co-ordinated, rapid manner to tackle the issue. According to data from the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR), the crisis in the Mediterranean alone has seen the arrival of over 750,000 refugees and migrants in 2015. 85% of these arrivals come from the world’s top 10 refugee-producing countries. IRU Secretary General, Umberto de Pretto, said, “Society isn’t reacting quickly enough to this growing crisis. It’s an issue that affects all of us and we need to work together as a global community to bring aid to those who need it most. Our industry stands ready to help wherever needed.” Indeed, road transport continues to play a crucial role in dealing with the ongoing crisis by helping bring aid to organised refugee camps. IRU encourages transport operators to implement best practices to minimise risks related to their operations, while also offering assistance to authorities and aid agencies.