Brian Negus, Susan Harris and Roman Srp at the MoU signing
Intentions of mutual cooperation have been pledged in the form of memoranda of understanding (MoU) signed in Vienna this week by ITS associations of Australia, Canada, the Czech Republic, UK and others. ITS Australia, for instance, has signed two MoU, with ITS Canada and the Czech & Slovak Intelligent Transport Systems & Services.
A new ITS association has been established for Nigeria, with support from ITS (UK) and launched this week at the signing of an MoU between ITS (UK) and ITS Nigeria, which has also signed an MoU with ITS South Africa.
The aims are similar in each case: to foster good relations for developing ITS technologies in each country through sharing of information and providing assistance for each other’s members. “We will do this with our new partners at the Czech ITS and we have invited them to send a delegation along to our next national ITS summit in Sydney in 2013,” said ITS Australia president Brian Negus at the MoU signing with Czech ITS vice president Roman Srp.
The ITS associations of Australia and Canada have several common elements, coming from countries with large land masses, sparse populations, long inter-urban corridors and heavy economic dependence on international trade. Their MoU has been signed to ‘permit exchanges of ITS professionals and information, educational initiatives and joint marketing of events in each country’. Melbourne-based ITS Australia will host the 2016 World Congress and Canada is vying for the 2017 World Congress.
ITS Canada chair Scott Steward said: “As ITS has emerged as a mainstream technology, the global issues surrounding congestion, safety and sustainability must be addressed through international collaboration. This MOU is an excellent step forward.”