Transport Minister leads delegation to public transport summit in Barcelona

Lee (seventh left) and others in a photo op at the summit in Barcelona.

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KUCHING, June 8: Minister of Transport Sarawak (MOTS) Dato Sri Lee Kim Shin has led a Sarawak delegation to the Union Internationale des Transports Publics (UITP) Global Public Transport Summit, which was held in Barcelona, Spain, from June 4 to June 7.

According to a MOTS press release, Lee stated that through UITP, Sarawak will be able to foster closer collaboration with international organisations and industry players for idea exchange, information sharing on latest innovation and technology, window networking, and expert guidance.

UITP is the International Association of Public Transport established in 1885. With more than 135 years of history, UITP is the only worldwide network to bring together all public transport stakeholders and all sustainable transport modes.

“MOTS is honoured to be invited to join UITP. As a start, MOTS participated in the Asia Pacific Organising Authorities Platform (AP OAP),” MOTS said.

The UITP Barcelona 2023 is the largest gathering of public transport experts and industry players to date, showcasing the latest innovation in technology to advance public transport and talks on the way forward and global direction of public transport development.

There were more than 2,700 delegates who participated in the Congress with 280 speakers and 350 exhibitors from 41 countries.

The summit saw large scale exhibitions of the latest hydrogen and electric bus and train, intelligent transport system, advanced traffic management and monitoring technology, transport solution provider as well as mobility as a system.

“Through the experience sharing, Lee believes that there are many global initiatives that are workable for cities and urban areas in Sarawak.

“This includes the adoption of an intelligent transport management system, advanced bus equipment technology, promotion of active mobility, financing model, sustainable mobility, integration of the informal transport sector as well as transport infrastructure design.”

During thesSummit, Lee and the Sarawak delegation also had meetings with several key experts and leaders of the industry from various parts of the world.

The delegates from MOTS also included MOTS deputy minister (Aviation and Road) Datuk Dr Jerip Susil, MOTS permanent secretary Dato Ir Alice Jawan Empaling and MOTS head of Land Transport and Logistic Division Julin Alen. — DayakDaily