KOTI-ITF/OECD Joint Seminar: Transport Connectivity for Regional Integration in Asia
Improvement of transport connectivity can contribute to regional integrity by increasing economic efficiency as well as cultural, social interaction and cooperation. Although Asian region has been developing very rapidly, transport connectivity and regional integrity of the region are still at very low stages. This has become a critical obstacle to the stable and balanced growth of the region.
Recent peace development in Korean Peninsular creates high hopes among international community, for improvement of transport connectivity and regional integrity in Asia. Improvement of connectivity in transport system of this region, including railroad, aviation, road, and logistics could lead stable and balanced growth of the region, and furthermore, it can contribute hugely to the improvement of regional integrity.
At this stage, reviewing the current situation and characteristics of transport connectivity and regional integration of Asia, and exploring strategies for increasing the level of transport connectivity and regional integrity and discussing on desirable direction for international cooperation by experts from international organizations, academia, and governments would be very timely and meaningful.
KOTI and OECD/ITF have held joint seminars since 2010 to share knowledge and experience on topics of mutual interest as well as to strengthen mutual cooperation. The output of this seminar will be channelled into the upcoming 2019 ITF Summit, which will be held during May 22 – 24, 2019 in Leipzig, Germany as an input. The findings will also be shared by OECD member states. Papers from the seminar will be published in the form of a book or proceedings by either OECD or KOTI and will be available as policy guidelines for decision makers.