During the 9th ITS European Congress in Dublin, ITS Ireland took the opportunity to execute a number of Memorandums of Understandings (MoU’s) to promote and facilitate cooperation with several International ITS Organisations.
ITS Ireland’s objective was to utilise the Congress as a platform to increase awareness of our members’ products and services in strategic and like-minded organisations on a global basis. Donal Hodgins, ITS Ireland’s International Liaison Office, arranged for MoU’s to be executed with ITS Netherlands Connekt, ITS Malta, ITS Finland (Host Country for the 10th ITS European Congress in June 2014), ITS Japan (Host Country for the 20th ITS World Congress in October 2013), and ITS New Zealand. This adds to previously executed MOU’s with national organisation from UK, South Africa, Russia and Indonesia.
These international agreements will facilitate wider co-operation with the exchange of information and to assist the development and deployment of ITS in the respective countries by promoting:
- Exchange of ITS information and technical publications as agreed between the parties;
- Exchange and dialogue regarding the possible facilitation of ITS professionals and organisations from both private and public sectors who wish to make contact or visits to ITS development and implementation sites;
- Exchange and dialogue among volunteer leadership and staff regarding effective association management practices;
- Exchange and dialogue on policy issues to benefit ITS professionals and industries around the world; and
- Cooperative promotion of each other’s principal ITS events.
Our expectations are that the signing of these agreements will be highly beneficial to our members and they will lead to more effective and efficient organised development and deployment of intelligent transportation systems by Irish companies abroad.
One of the outcomes of these MOU’s that ITS Ireland are currently exploring is the setting up of an ITS focus group comprising of countries that share many of the similar challenges that Ireland has in respect of being a peripheral nation. This would include countries such as Malta, New Zealand, South Africa, Hawaii, and Finland. We hope to have more news on this initiative in the near future.
Copies of the signed MoU’s can be viewed within our members area.