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This Report of Activities provides an overview of the main highlights of the last two and a half years, covering the period from July 2009 to December 2011. It has undoubtedly been an extremely successful and busy time during which UITP has raised the profile of public transport around the world.
In 2010, UITP’s stand at the World Expo in Shanghai communicated the importance of public transport to some 70 million visitors and showcased the work of the Association and its members. In September of the same year, the vibrant celebration of UITP’s 125th anniversary helped put public transport firmly in the spotlight. The UITP World Congress and Mobility & City Transport Exhibition in 2011 was also a resounding success. Held in the MENA region for the first time, the event attracted over 1,700 delegates and received extensive media coverage. The UITP Congress and Exhibition also bore witness to the MENA region’s growing awareness of public transport and sustainable development issues. All of this and more served to make UITP and public transport highly visible on the international stage.
The year 2009 also marked a major milestone in the history of UITP, as it saw the UITP Policy Board launch the PTx2 strategy, piloted by Hans Rat and Alain Flausch, who took up the UITP Presidency as the strategy was in its infancy. In little over two years, the strategy has become firmly entrenched in the Association’s work programme, and the PTx2 vision has crystallised into real action and achievement, as can be seen throughout this Report of Activities.
After these highly successful two and a half years, UITP is now entering a period of change. Hans Rat is retiring as Secretary General of the Association after 13 years serving the public transport community worldwide. In October 2011, Ousmane Thiam became the first-ever African President of UITP, as former President Alain Flausch prepares to take on the role of UITP Secretary General. The future clearly looks bright as the Association readies itself to move forward and build on past its successes to take on the challenges of tomorrow.