Alain Flausch: Falling oil prices give chance to review fuel subsidy, tax policies

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UITP Secretary General Alain Flausch was invited to participate in the Transforming Transportation Conference in Washington DC, an annual event co-organised by the World Bank, the WRI and EMBARQ. He used the platform to address the subject of falling oil prices, telling the conference that low fuel prices could represent the opportunity to review transport fuel’s subsidy and tax policies. He also told the conference, made up of leading transport and urban development experts, how the transport community had taken a leading role in climate action, and emphasised that ‘Public transport needs alliances with the business community to build coalitions for liveable cities.’

Jerome Pourbaix, Head of Policy & Outreach at UITP, outlined an agenda of actions to improve the availability of urban transport data. The World Bank and UITP also agreed in Washington to collaborate on capacity building and ways to share better urban transport data in support of policy, as announced by Jose Luis Irigoyen, Director of Transport and ICT at the World Bank. Other future collaboration between the two organisations includes the organisation of the Leaders in Urban Transport Training Programme and a side event during the International Transport Forum’s annual summit in Leipzig in May.

The World Bank is a component of the World Bank Group, and a member of the United Nations Development Group. The EMBARQ Network is the World Resources Institute (WRI) signature initiative for sustainable transport and urban development.

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