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United in purpose with a diversity of approaches: UITP and KfW IPEX-Bank build on our partnership

08/12/2020

    UITP has always placed great importance on collaborating with external bodies and partners to bring a new approach to moving public transport forward.

    Not only do new collaborations benefit our members and the sector, they expand thinking and give us all the opportunity to learn and develop.

    With the belief that our new partnership will do this and more, we’re delighted to announce that we are building on our collaboration with the German bank, KfW IPEX-Bank.

    The KfW Group is a promotional state-owned bank that entails the KfW development bank.

    Moving forward, UITP and KfW IPEX-Bank will cooperate more closely to advance urban mobility around the world.

    We’ve witnessed the many ways that digitalisation has developed during the coronavirus pandemic, to bring us new ways to connect and share as COVID-19 keeps us at a distance.

     

    …And reflecting on these times, this is a partnership with a digital approach.

    Our agreement will see UITP and KfW IPEX-Bank partner across digital platforms through UITP-organised webinars and see the bank become an official partner of MyLibrary, UITP’s digital information hub.

    At the very front of e-library technology, MyLibrary is an extensive online database which  features 22,000 references (and 60,000 full text documents), allowing members to access the very latest studies, reports and technical data concerning every aspect of the public transport sector.

    “KfW IPEX-Bank, like UITP, is an advocate of public transport and sustainable mobility. We share the same values, and we both put the focus on knowledge and capacity building. So it is logical that we partner to support knowledge sharing and dissemination on urban mobility.”  
    Mohamed Mezghani
    UITP Secretary General*

    The virtual world has become our new gathering place in 2020…

    Webinars have gained a new prevalence across sectors during the COVID-19 pandemic, as we miss the connection of meeting face-to-face.

    UITP will continue to produce webinar content as we move forward, building on our great success of coronavirus-themed webinars.

    Our webinars are free of charge to all UITP members and are carried out on many topics and in several languages. In the future, we will build on the increased presence of webinars by also focusing on non-pandemic content.

    We aim to inspire excellence and innovation by sharing cutting-edge knowledge and expertise to the public transport and sustainable mobility community.

     

    “For us, UITP is a community which is united in purpose: it promotes and develops a diversity of approaches to support public urban transport. We enjoy being a member of this community!”  
    Carsten Wiebers
    Global Head of Aviation, Mobility and Transport at KfW IPEX-Bank

    Presenting the best virtual platform, our agreement was unveiled during IT-TRANS.

    Although we cannot be together in person to sign our new partnership agreement with KfW IPEX-Bank, we knew that we had to make this signing a special moment…
    and what better platform to digitally sign than at IT-TRANS – our pillar event dedicated to the development of I.T. and digitalisation in public transport!

    During one of our leading Plenary Sessions, our Secretary General Mohamed Mezghani and Global Head of Aviation, Mobility and Transport at KfW IPEX-Bank, Carsten Wiebers, took part in a special signing ceremony developed to reflect the virtual times of 2020.

    You can watch the official signing ceremony here. 

    This is a special partnership for both UITP and KfW IPEX-Bank and we know that moving forward our collaboration will see public transport advance to the benefit of all.

    You can see what upcoming webinars are planned on our Events page.

    And UITP members canaccess MyLibrary here.

     

    *acting on behalf of Mohamed Mezghani SARL 

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