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Singapore is where transformative changes happens – and as a global hub for some of the world’s most innovative urban mobility services, SITCE 2022 was a much anticipated event.
This year, the leading public transport event in the Asia-Pacific region was back, with the first Singapore International Transport Congress and Exhibition held in four years.
Jointly hosted by UITP and LTA Singapore, the theme “Heartbeat of Mobility” was set, and for the very first time, SITCE was organised as a fully hybrid event, with hundreds of delegates joining from their offices and homes across all three days (2-4 November, SUNTEC Centre and online, Singapore).
Working towards a more sustainable, resilient and seamless public transport, our SITCE delegates had a clear aim in mind – to address the challenges and raise solutions together to best shape the future of the urban mobility landscape.
The UITP delegation was led by our President Khalid ALHOGAIL, Secretary General Mohamed Mezghani, and dozens of expert colleagues working around the world to deliver an edition to remember.
With more than a dozen Congress sessions broadcast virtually, our delegates were able to partake in a programme of over 25 sessions built under five key pillars.
So what are the key takeaways as we take a closer look at SITCE 2022 by the numbers…?
More than 120 exhibiting companies covering 6,000 sqm exhibition
125 speakers from 35 countries over 26 Sessions
More than 5,200 trade visitors across three days
52 different countries represented during SITCE
26 Congress sessions, with more than 30% of speakers and delegates women, increasing the gender balance
Over 1100 delegates from 42 countries (Virtual delegates included)
“Singapore is alive with innovation, and the public transport sector felt this atmosphere during the successful edition of SITCE just concluded. Our delegates gathered from many different countries to find solutions to the issues in front of us. Public transport faces challenges as we move forward, related not only to building back stronger in recovery, but as we deal with other situations such as the energy crisis. However, what the success of events such as SITCE shows us is that the momentum is there, the dedication is present, and the urge to create a sector fit for the future is alive and well. I’m delighted that the 2022 gathering is a success story across the board!”
The Congress Programme featured five main Streams, helping to find solutions to the challenges the sector must face to build back stronger throughout the world. The programme was complimented by our global exhibition covering more than 6000 m2 of space, presenting the latest innovative developments and solutions to move technology forward. A huge thank you also to our 29 sponsors from across the globe!
Key standouts included our Opening Session with the UITP President welcoming our special dignitaries to the stage, Dr. Amy Khor, Ministry of Transport & Ministry of Sustainability and the Environment, & Mr S Iswaran, Ministry of Transport, alongside LTA Chairman Alan Chan. The group of VIPs were also given a very special tour of the Exhibition as it opened live.
Our keynote speaker Katrine Marcal brought a different outlook to the stage with her focus on women and innovation during the Opening, highlighting the different ways to look at urban mobility through the years, highlighted by gender.
With an event showcasing the ways in which innovation, accessibility and sustainability are moving urban mobility forward, SITCE was the perfect occasion to shine a further spotlight on our brand-new series “The Way We Move“, produced for us by BBC StoryWorks.
A fireside chat panel featuring UITP Secretary General Mohamed Mezghani, Jeremy Yap of LTA, Adam Williams of Downer Group and moderated by Nickie Omer and Imogen Naylor-Higgs of BBC StoryWorks, our audience was treated to the viewing of several of the mini-documentaries from the series, an in-depth exchange between our panelists and a behind the scenes look at what makes great storytelling – and the first full results of the series success so far…more to come!
SITCE was also the perfect occasion to bring more UITP knowledge to the table, with the Metro Committee, Metro Assembly, Asia-Pacific Organising Authorities Platform, Asia-Pacific Urban Rail Platform Meetings all taking place in and around SITCE 2022. UITP is the only global association that can bring such expertise together.
SITCE 2022 is concluding with a sense of optimism in the air. There are challenges ahead, and the how we travel is changing, but the strive to make public transport fit for the future was on full display in Singapore.
That positive approach will be revisited when UITP and LTA bring the world of urban mobility to Singapore for the next edition of SITCE – just confirmed for 6-8 November 2024! The Heartbeat of Mobility goes on!