17 October 2013 - The International Road Transport Union (IRU), the global voice of the road transport industry, and Busworld International (BWI), the global platform for professionals and representatives of the worldwide bus and coach building and operating industry, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), to jointly promote common objectives and priorities.
These objectives include strengthening the private bus and coach industry’s leadership worldwide, and providing sustainable mobility for all, via the global Smart Move campaign and other similar actions. The signing of the enhanced cooperation agreement took place last week at Europe’s largest bus and coach fair, Busworld Kortrijk, in Belgium.
IRU Secretary General, Umberto de Pretto, emphasised, “Strong with our decades-long partnership, the IRU and Busworld International have taken another bold step forward, to advance the private bus and coach industry’s interests. We are joining forces to re-energise and unite the industry’s potential, know-how and resources at European and global level, to achieve the objectives of the Smart Move campaign. We invite everyone, who shares the Smart Move values and objectives, to join the campaign to work together towards doubling the use of collective passenger transport by 2025.”
A detailed joint work programme has been adopted this year by the two organisations, to implement the objectives of this renewed and enhanced strategic partnership, and enable private bus and coach businesses worldwide to maintain the strategic initiative at a global level, for the benefit of the organisations’ respective partners from the public and private sector and society as a whole.
Didier Ramoudt, President of Busworld International, added, “I know that we have taken a strong and wise decision to work together to promote the bus and coach sector in each of our common fields of interest. This win-win situation will undoubtedly bring IRU Members to Busworld exhibitions worldwide, to innovate and share new views on passenger transport. With this agreement, BWI aims to increase the number of, and knowledge sharing between, professional visitors, which will benefit the passenger transport sector in general and exhibitors in particular.”