Media Travel Programme: Meet the 2013 Participants


Every year, the International Transport Forum, through its Media Travel Programme, invites up to 35 non-European journalists to attend the Annual Summit. For the participants, the Media Travel Programme provides deep immersion into the issues that drive mobility policy for the 21st century. It is a unique opportunity to listen to, meet and interact with key decision-makers from government, business and academia. Below the participants offer their take on funding transport and the Leipzig Summit.


Alexandra Myskina

Alexandra Myskina is the Chief of the Information Department in the largest newspaper of the Kazakhstan Republic. She started to work as a journalist in 2003, writing over 5 000 articles on social, financial and transport themes as well as conducting investigations, the results of which influenced government programmes and laws, resolving important social problems. In 2009, she became the Laureate of an international "Choice of the Year" for a series of widely-popular articles.

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1. What is currently the most exciting current transport project in your country?
Kazakhstan is a developing country, so today there is a lot of construction in the transport sphere. Historically, the famous ancient trade corridor - the silk road - traversed the territory of present Kazakhstan. Its geopolitical position gives Kazakhstan extensive transit potential. Kazakhstan is an important transport corridor between Europe and Asia (from China). Because of this, in 2008 a global project was started: the construction of the international transport corridor with a length of more than 2 700 km running from Western Europe to Western China. It is planned to finish the construction in 2019. The total length of the transport corridor about 8 500 kilometres from China to Finland. On this link you can find more information
2. Where does the money come from? 
The cost of the project only on the Kazakh part is about 6.7 billion dollars. Republican financing - about 1 million dollars. The second source will become the external loans of international financial institutions in the amount of 3.4 billion US dollars. Of which, the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development will allocate 2 125 millions dollars, the Asian development Bank - 700 million dollars, the Islamic Development Bank - 398 million dollars, and the USA and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development - 180 million dollars. It should be noted that for the International Bank for reconstruction and development this is the largest loan in the Bank's history. As a third source of financing is planned attraction of private investments - about 1,7 billion dollars.
3. As an MTP participant, what are you particularly looking forward to?
Participation in the International Transport Forum's Summit is very important and interesting for me. I write about the problems of the development of the transport system of Kazakhstan for many years. Often refer in their articles on the international experience. The Forum helps to learn about new opportunities in development  of the transport sector in the world, which I will describe in my articles. I hope it will also be useful for the Transport Ministry of Kazakhstan, which closely follows the articles in our newspaper. 






Gordon Dickson
Fort Worth Star-Telegram

Gordon Dickson is a reporter and transportation writer for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, a major U.S. newspaper with 429,000 daily readers in the Dallas Fort Worth metro area of North Texas. He is a watchdog over several public agencies that spend public dollars or make decisions that affect the public. He specializes in writing stories that explain complicated issues to a mass audience. It’s a skill he uses daily as he explores why it can be so difficult for people and goods to get where they need to go, how things can be made better and how much those solutions cost.

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1. What is currently the most exciting current transport project in your country?
The most exciting transportation development currently underway in the United States is the use of public-private partnerships to fund big-dollar projects, such as the reconstruction of aging or obsolete freeways in major metropolitan areas. This strategy, although used successfully in other countries, is still relatively new in the U.S. It has become a popular way for public agencies to pay for dramatically-needed road projects to accommodate job and population growth without raising taxes, but it raises questions about accountability and also sometimes requires public agencies to take on debt. The Dallas Fort Worth region, which is the fourth largest in the U.S., is also looking at this strategy to pay for commuter rail, and possibly high-speed rail during the next five to 10 years.
2. Where does the money come from?
The money is usually a combination of federal and state motor fuels tax dollars, bond-backed debt, federal grants and loans and equity from private investors who then get to recoup their funds over many decades, and as a result profit from the projects in the out years. 
3. As an MTP participant, what are you particularly looking forward to?
I want to learn more about what some of the pressing transportation needs are around the world, and how they compare to the experience in the United States. I also want to learn from some of the successes and failures experienced in other countries, particularly as it relates to public-private partnership funding for road projects and high-speed rail.

Star Telegram | 28.05.2013

Drones may soon deliver medicine, or maybe pizza, to your door #fundingtransport
Star Telegram Blog. Honkin' mad | 24.05.2013

Calif. researcher brings new meaning to 'Shop 'Till We Drop' 
Star Telegram Blog. Honkin' mad | 22.05.2013

U.S. and other countries missing chance to invest in roads, rails, jobs, a pair of respected economists say - #fundingtransport
Star Telegram Blog. Honkin' mad | 22.05.2013

No dough for roads: Lack of funds for transportation is a worldwide problem
Fort WorthStar Telegram | 22.05.2013

Guten Morgen Aus Berlin #fundingtransport
Star Telegram Blog. Honkin' mad | 21.05.2013

How should we pay for roads, rails going forward? #fundingtransport
Star Telegram Blog. Honkin' mad | 04.05.2013








Junichi Abe
The Yomiuri Shimbun

Junichi ABE became Senior Research Fellow at Yomiuri Research Institute in 2012. He joined The Yomiuri Shimbun (Japan's most read newspaper) as 
a staff writer in 1985 focusing on economic affairs, taxation, fiscal policy, financial crises, energy and environmental issues. Prior to this he served as Senior Writer at the Tokyo Head Office and Chubu Branch Office. His books include “Mega China” (2010) and “Heritage of Industrial Modernization in Chubu” (2013).
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1. What is currently the most exciting current transport project in your country?
It’s the Chuo Shinkansen project using the Superconducting Maglev.
2. Where does the money come from? 
Central Japan Railway Company (JR Central) bears the fund.
3. As an MTP participant, what are you particularly looking forward to?
The Chuo Shinkansen project is a special case, but I want to know about the different countries' approach to developping a transportation network.








Zain Al Tauqi
Reporter for Muscat Daily
Sultanate of Oman

Zain al Tauqi is a reporter for Muscat Daily, the Sultanate of Oman's leading English language newspaper. While covering issues as varied as consumer rights, increased salinity in well water, piracy, and the Sultanate of Oman's growing reputation as a tourist destination, Zain's investigative journalism stories covering medical malpractices, corporate employee rights violations, and the automotive industry's hot weather testing in GCC countries have gradually become his niche in the 'nation' pages of Muscat Daily.

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1. What is currently the most exciting current transport project in your country?
The most exciting transport project in the Sultanate of Oman is the National Railway Project which will link major cities and towns in Oman and other Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries who are also in the planning stages of their railway projects.

2. Where does the money come from? 
The government. 84% of the country's revenue comes from oil & gas.

3. As an MTP participant, what are you particularly looking forward to?
As I come from a region that relies heavily on the automobile as a means of transport, I look forward to seeing what practical solutions other countries around the world are using in terms of public transport.









Arzu Atasoy
Editor in Chief
Haber Revizyon National Media Group

Arzu ATASOY has become the Editor in Chief of the Haber Revizyon National Media Group in April 2012. She began her career as an English teacher and taught English to various age groups and managed teams of Foreign Language Departments at two of the best private schools in Turkey for 12 years. Then she worked at the Teachers Academy Foundation which is an initiative of a well-known bank as its social responsibility project. Having travelled all around Turkey and trained almost 70 000 teachers, she expanded her studies on adult training and coaching and still delivers training on various topics. Along with these studies of hers, she became involved in the media sector and became the Chief Editor at the Haber Revizyon National Media Group which is a newly established media institution in Turkey. Haber Revizyon is a news agency and a national, monthly issued bilingual news magazine sold all around the country.

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1.What is currently the most exciting current transport project in your country?
The Eurasia Tunnel Project is the most exciting transport project in Turkey.

2. Where does the money come from?
As the contractor for the Eurasia Tunnel, ATAS has been established as an investment partnership among Turkish and international companies, all of whom are globally renowned for their large scale infrastructure and transportation projects. The investment partners of ATAŞ are Yapı Merkezi from Turkey and SK E&C from Korea. With Yapı Merkezi positioned as the project leader, each partner brings the expertise gained at projects around the world to bear in the Eurasia Tunnel and contributes to the Project with specific know-how and competencies.

3.As an MTP participant, what are you particularly looking forward to?
Learning and sharing my experience with readers and networking.








Amiram Barkat
Transportation & Energy
Globes Daily

Amiram Barkat is the energy and infrastructure reporter and commentator for "Globes", Israel's leading business daily. In this capacity, Barkat regularly covers such issues as the latest natural gas discoveries offshore Israel and the recent Israeli government initiative to reform its fiscal policy and significantly increase the taxation on Oil and Gas revenues. The challenges in the incorporation of renewable energy as an important element in Israel's utility sector were the subject of many of Barkats' recent columns and articles in Globes.  
Barkat joined Globes in 2009 after spending a year in Oxford, UK during which he worked freelance for Israeli and Jewish media. Between 2003 and 2007 Barkat worked as Ha'aretz Jewish World reporter and commentator on such subjects as anti-Semitism, Jewish Identity and issues related to the Holocaust.
Barkat is a graduate of the Hebrew University Law School (LLB) and a member of the Israeli bar association.   

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1. What is currently the most exciting current transport project in your country?
The most exciting transportation project in my country today is the building of a new Mass-Transportation System for the Tel-Aviv metropolitan area which will include 4 LRT and 3 BRT lines at the total cost of app. 10 Billion Euro.

2. Where does the money come from?
The financing of the whole project isn't yet decided. The first LRT line will be 100% financed by the Government.

3. As an MTP participant, what are you particularly looking forward to?
I would be particularly interested to hear about financing solutions for the above-mentioned project as well as for another project, a high-speed train from Eilat to Tel-Aviv.







Wilfredo Barrientos Farias
Cronica Viva, ANP Radio, Radio La Ribereña


Licenciado en educación
Bachiller en ciencia de la comunicación
Docente de educación superior
Presidente asociación nacional de periodista de Tumbes - Perú
Secretario nacional de la asociación nacional de periodistas del Perú
Director de noticia de radio la Ribereña.
1.      ¿ Cual es actualmente el proyecto actual de transportes más emocionante de tu país? 
Sistema eléctrico de transporte masivo
-          Cambiar el combustible de carbón, petróleo, gasolina del vehículo por gas y panel eléctrico.
-          Buscar unidades móviles de gran capacidad para pasajeros y carga
-          Mantenimiento adecuados en las vías de transportes
-          Construcción e instalación de carreteras específicas para vehículos de gran trayecto de viajes, cuya alternativa serían las ferrovías.
-          A cortar distancia entre ciudades.
-          Los precios de transporte público debe ser módicos y accesible para los usuarios.
-          Definitiva mente reemplazarían a los transportes aéreos y marítimos.
-          Las demandas del público serian cubiertas en gran medidas.
2.       ¿De donde viene el dinero?
Con financiamiento internacional (Brasil, Francia, Japon, Italia y otros)
3.       Como participante  de MPT ¿Qué estás para todos?
Como periodista trato de concientizar al gobierno y al pueblo que el servicios eléctrico va solucionar el transporte a nivel nacional. El anhídrido de carbónico CO2 de la plataforma del sistema eléctrico de transporte masivo reducirá ostensiblemente la polución del medio ambiente y sanearía de la bioversidad  y la biosfera.








Jimena Catron
Diario Financiero


Journalist from Diario Financiero (since may 2010). Before I also worked in Diario Financiero (2004-2006) but quit because I had to moved to Chicago for 2 years. Education:
The University of Chicago, Booth School of Business: Certificate in Integrated Marketing
Universidad Gabriela Mistral: Bachelor, Journalism
Mainly, my focus will be in:
  • Projects to improve infrastructure in latam, and especially in Chile;
  • What are the main challenges in the infrastructure business;
  • Main trends for the future;
  • How to get investors for this area








Ergin Hava
Today's Zaman

Ergin Hava became the business editor for Turkey’s English daily Today’s Zaman in November 2012. He previously worked as a business reporter for the same Ä°stanbul-based company. He served as media manager during the 1st International Cadet Games hosted by Turkish Military Academy in Ankara in 2010. He was a fellow intern at Deutsche Welle in Germany’s Bonn between October-January 2009 as part of International Journalist Program (IJP). His specific areas of expertise are international trade and economic relations, infrastructure and energy development projects. He is an active member of Turkish Business Reporters’ Association (EGD) along with a few other NGOs. He currently participates in an experts program sponsored by Ä°stanbul Policy Center (IPC) and Europaeische Akademie Berlin (EAB).

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1. What is currently the most exciting current transport project in your country?
Ä°stanbul has recently entered the race to build the world's largest airport with an expected 150-million passenger capacity and a project cost of around $8.7 billion.
2. Where does the money come from? 
The project will be financed by private sector following the completion of a tender.
3. As an MTP participant, what are you particularly looking forward to?
Meet with professionals who have expertise in global transportation projects, and further improve my understanding in this field. Discuss and receive insights from professionals regarding ongoing and planned transportation programs in my country along with potential partnership opportunities in third countries. I expect the program provide all the participants a permanent platform on which they will maintain contacts in the future.
Today's Zaman | 26.05.2013

Today's Zaman | 26.05.2013








Bart Jansen

Bart Jansen reports for USA TODAY newspaper covering primarily the airline industry at the Federal Aviation Administration, the Transportation Security Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board. He covers safety issues at FAA such as the lithium-ion batteries aboard Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner. He covers security issues at TSA such as radiation from full-body scanners or whether to allow small knives back onto planes. And he follows crash investigations at the safety board. Before focusing on aviation, Jansen spent more than a decade covering Congress and regional newspapers, Congressional Quarterly and The Associated Press.

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1. What is currently the most exciting current transport project in your country?
As a national aviation reporter, I don’t tend to cover specific airport construction projects. But I cover the policy debate about how to improve airports during a difficult financial time. For example, President Obama proposed as part of his latest budget to increase what we call the Passenger Facility Charge to $8 per ticket from the current cap of $4.50. The idea is that passengers would agree to pay more if they knew that they were helping improve the buildings at a specific airport. But the proposal is contentious and has been rejected in the past because it makes tickets more expensive.
2. Where does the money come from? 
The money for additional airport construction would come from a higher fee on ticket sales.
3. As an MTP participant, what are you particularly looking forward to? 
Besides the presentations at the Summit itself, I am eager to tour the new Berlin Airport (if arrangements can me made) because USA TODAY readers love to see pictures and descriptions of the amenities at the latest airports.








Ji-yoon Lee
Business desk staff reporter
The Korea Herald


Ji-yoon LEE joined The Korea Herald, the No. 1 English daily based in Seoul, in 2005. She has covered diverse areas such as welfare, education, the Seoul city government and the IT industry. Currently, she is a Business desk staff reporter and writes articles on automotive and aviation industries and related infrastructure issues.
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1. What is currently the most exciting current transport project in your country?
The Incheon International Airport, the nation’s main gateway, plans to complete its second terminal by 2017. Officials hope the expansion will pave the way for the airport to become an aviation hub in Northeast Asia.
The nation’s next-generation bullet train HEMU-430X recently succeeded in driving at 421.4 km/h. When its operation starts from 2015, it will connect Seoul and Busan, the southernmost port city, within an hour. It takes about two hours via the exisitng high-speed train.

2. Where does the money come from?
Korea’s major transport services such as airport and railway are operated by state-run corporations.

3. As an MTP participant, what are you particularly looking forward to?
Because there are some talks on privatization of transport services more recently, I’m interested in how other countries have handled the issue, including funding. I also want to share my experiences and thoughts with other participants during the program. 

The Korea Herald  | 24.05.2013









Yelena Kosolapova
Trend News Agency

Yelena Kosolapova has worked for the agency of the international information 'Trend' in Azerbaijan since 2011. She focuses on the Central Asia and South Caucasus regions and covers all the political and economical events related to these regions. First of all her spheres of interest are foreign policy of Central Asian and South Caucasus countries as well as energy and transport projects implemented in these region. Formerly, she worked as a TV reporter and media advertising specialist.

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1. What is currently the most exciting current transport project in your country?
One of the most important transport projects implementing in our country is Baku-Tbilisi-Kars railway project which will go through Azerbaijan, Georgia and Turkey and allow to transport goods from these countries and even from the Central Asia to Europe.

2. Where does the money come from?
The project is funded by the state (Azerbaijan).

3. As an MTP participant, what are you particularly looking forward to?
Within the Summit I would like to meet some interesting people, make interviews, get new information about transport projects all over the world.

Trend | 24.05.2013








Aliaksandr Krasko
Belorusy i rynok ("The Belarusians and Market")

Aliaksandr Krasko, 24 years old. Working for "The Belarusians and Market" for 6 years. Mostly writing about international relationships and small business problems.

1.What is currently the most exciting current transport project in your country?
Creating a network of logistical centers.

2.Where does the money come from?
Partially from government but mostly from private investors.

3.As an MTP participant, what are you particularly looking forward to?
I'm looking forward to seeing European way of making decisions that could affect the whole union.








Yasushi Kuhara
The Tokyo Shimbun

Yasushi Kuhara became a staff writer of The Tokyo Shimbun in April 1984. With more than 20 years of journalistic experience in the field of economics, he now works as an economics editorial board member, with a particular focus on policy development around the Japanese Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism, private airline companies, railway companies and highway companies.

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1. What is currently the most exciting current transport project in your country?
Construction of many lines of the world's fastest express train SHINKANSEN.
2. Where does the money come from? 
Treasury bond or tax.
3. As an MTP participant, what are you particularly looking forward to? 
I hope that many countries will discuss ways to cooperate for
future growth.









Pablo Maas 
iEco Clarin

Pablo Maas has been an editor at "iEco", the Sunday economic and business supplement of Clarin newspaper in Argentina since 1994. He is also the editorial director of Pymes, a monthly magazine for entrepreneurs and small businesses, also published by Clarin. He was previously with Reuters news agency (1980-1986) and a correspondent for the Economist Intelligence Unit (1987-2005).
An economist graduated from the University of Buenos Aires, his main areas of interest include economic policies, economic history, the economics of new media and business journalism. He teaches a post-graduate seminar on media economics and management at the Faculty of Social Sciences of the University of Buenos Aires, where he is also a Ph.D candidate.

1. What is currently the most exciting current transport project in your country?
Argentina faces a major crisis in the railway system, privatized in the 1990's. An accident last year in one of Buenos Aires train terminals caused 50 deaths and hundreds were injured.

2. Where does the money come from?
Although rail transportation is currently one of the hottest items in the public agenda, there seems to be no consistent official plans to remedy this, including financial details.

3. As an MTP participant, what are you particularly looking forward to?
Learn about lessons in other countries from officials and corporate executives.








Gustavo Orellana

Gustavo Orellana, is a Chiliean journalist working for Pulso, a financial newspaper. His main interests are Power, Mining, Water and Transportation industries. He has over seven years' experience working for the financial press.

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1. What is currently the most exciting current transport project in your country?
The state-owned Metro company is developing two new lines, that will connect another neighbourhoods in Santiago with the center of the city. Also, Government is planning a new expansion of the Santiago's airport.

2. Where does the money come from?
In case of Metro, this is a state-owned company, and it will fund this project with its own cash flow. Airport will be funded by private companies, through a concession model.

3. As an MTP participant, what are you particularly looking forward to?
I'm interested in daily transportation in cities and how the State must to fund it.








Piyush Pandey
The Times of India

Piyush Pandey, Assistant Editor, The Times of India (world’s largest circulated English newspaper) is an award-winning business journalist with decade of experience in financial journalism. Previously he was Special Correspondent with The Economic Times (world’s largest selling business daily after The Wall street Journal) & worked as a core part of its corporate bureau. His specific areas of expertise are writing and analyzing the critical issues in the energy, environment and infrastructure sectors. Having worked with all major business newspapers in India, Piyush is well read & loves travelling to unknown destinations. His articles may be found at his official web page.


1. What is currently the most exciting current transport project in your country?
Trans-Harbour sea link project in Mumbai connecting with New Mumbai.

2. Where does the money come from?
Public Private Partnership (PPP).

3. As an MTP participant, what are you particularly looking forward to?
Meet ministers, delegates, policy makers & CEOs. Conduct interviews. Learn from other countries & of-course networking. 

Policy also depends on what public wants: Amartya Sen
Times of India  | 05.06.2013








Nivell Rayda
Jakarta Globe

Nivell Rayda is a news editor at the Jakarta Globe, Indonesia's fastest growing English newspaper. He's been a journalist for more than ten years covering the issues of urban development, human rights and corruption. In 2012 he was named as Journalist of the Year by the Society of Publishers in Asia during an award ceremony in Hong Kong for a series of stories on human rights in Indonesia.

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    1.    What is currently the most exciting current transport project in your country?
Indonesia is currently constructing its first ever Mass Rapid Transit and Monorail both kick-starting this year.

    2.    Where does the money come from?
For MRT the money is from JICA and Monorail is financed by a private consortium.

    3.    As an MTP participant, what are you particularly looking forward to?
I would like to learn examples from other developing countries like Indonesia and how they revamp and overcome their transportation problems amidst limited funding and resources.









Abashi Shamamba
Rédacteur en chef emploi et thématiques

Lauréat de l'ENA de Rabat, et titulaire d'un DES d'économie d'entreprise de la Faculté des sciences économiques, université Hassan II de Casablanca, Abashi Shamamba exerce à L'Economiste depuis 7 ans. Il est actuellement rédacteur en chef des suppléments emploi et thématiques. Shamamba s'occupe aussi de la coordination de la politique Qualité du journal. Abashi Shamamba est originaire de la République Démocratique de Congo.

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1. Quel est le projet de transport actuel le plus interessant dans votre pays?
Le projet le plus important dans le domaine du transport actuellement au Maroc est la construction de la ligne à grande vitesse du chemin de fer entre Tanger et Casablanca.

2. D'où vient l'argent?
Le financement est assuré par le Budget de l'Etat et des prêts et garanties publics venant de la France et plusieurs organismes multilatéraux.

3. En tant que participant au Media Travel Programme, de quoi est-ce que vous vous réjouissez à l'avance?
En tant que participant au Media Travel Programme, je me réjouis d'enrichir mon background sur les expériences de politiques de financement des infrastructures de transport, de pouvoir les relayer à travers à travers mon journal et de découvrir les techniques d'ingénierie de financement dans le domaine des transports. Je suis également ravi d'élargir mon network professionnel.









Lisa Steyn
Mail & Guardian
South Africa

Lisa Steyn first entered the newsroom as an intern at the Mail & Guardian, a weekly newspaper based in Johannesburg, South Africa. This year of training afforded her experience in all kinds of journalism and it was here that she first got my first chance to try her hand at business reporting - something she considered fairly daunting at the time.
After successfully completing the internship she operated as a freelancer for eight months, with a great focus on business, before returning to the Mail & Guardian as a full-time business reporter.
As there are just a handful of reporters who cover long-term and breaking business stories at the Mail & Guardian, they all tend to cover a range of topics: from economics to telecommunication, to mining and transport.
Lisa says, it challenging but rewarding field in which South African journalists work in today.
She also have a bachelors in journalism from the University of Pretoria and a Honours in journalism from the University of the Witwatersrand under her belt.
1. What is currently the most exciting current transport project in your country?
The Gauteng Freeway Improvement Project has been a bone of contention in South Africa of late. While those using the roads are grateful for their upgrade, many people are against the way the project is to be funded which is through electronic tolling.  The dispute around e-tolling has graced headlines for months on end, seen traffic-stopping protests on the highways and legal battles. Even now, the future of e-tolling is still not entirely certain.
2. Where does the money come from?
The project loan was R20-billion and repayments are expected to be funded through the “user-pays-principle” whereby only those using the roads will be electronically tolled as opposed to monies being recouped through a fuel levy as is usually done. National Treasury has however already bowed to public pressure and contributed R5.8-billion toward the project repayment.
3. As an MTP participant, what are you particularly looking forward to?
I am looking forward to connecting with leading international experts in Transport and to get outside perspective on Africa’s role in the industry.








Hector Zamarron


Hector Zamarrón is a Mexican journalist who works as a news anchor and editor at Milenio Television and is responsible editorial for .
Currently working with the citizen group Bicitekas A.C ( dedicated to mobility issues and promoting cycling, Zamarron also writes the blog: (the handlebars), where he promotes bicycle friendly cities. 
He has worked as a reporter and editor in several newspaper Unomásuno, La Jornada, El Sur (Guerrero) and Reform, where he headed the section of City and Metropolis and edited the weekly political supplement and the editorial pages of the newspaper. He has also written articles for Notimex news agency of the Mexican state.
1. What is currently the most exciting current transport project in your country?
Nowdays in Mexico we are discussing New System of Rapid train proposed by federal government. It implies to conect Mexico City with nearest Cities (Toluca and Queretaro) and a rapid train crossing the Yucatan Peninsula. In addition, there would be a suburban train conecting Chalco, La Paz and Nezahualcóyot.
2. Where does the money come from? 
According to experts, the project wil cost about 9 billion dollars.
3. As an MTP participant, what are you particularly looking forward to?
I would like to hear about latest developments and discussions on public transportation projects and their link to improve our cities, public spaces, new ways of sustainable transportation etc.








Wa Zhou
China Daily

Ms Wa ZHOU has worked for the Beijing-based English newspaper China Daily since 2010. As a reporter for international affairs, she focuses on political relations and economic cooperation between China and Europe as well as political and economic issues in the Asia-Pacific. Her reports mainly cover the topics of green economy, trading, human development as well as North Korean issues and China-Japan ties. Majoring in German Studies, Ms Zhou has good oral and written German skills.

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1) What is currently the most exciting current transport project in your country?
The building of a new airport in Beijing and relevant infrastructures including three high-ways and a city light railway.
2) Where does the money come from?
As far as I know, part of the money comes from the government, and public investments are also needed. The released information about the project is very limited, but I'll keep looking for further relevant information.  
3) As an MTP participant, what are you particularly looking forward to?
I'm looking forward to communicating with European political and business leaders during the Summit, so as to find out how can China and Europe cooperate in funding transportation and how will this cooperation shape the future China-Europe relations.
Also, I hope to explore latest technologies that combine high transportation efficiency and low carbon emission in transport industries including automobile manufacturing and logistics.








Alex Goldmark
WNYC - New York Public Radio


Alex Goldmark is a reporter and senior producer for Transportation Nation / WNYC – New York Public Radio where he has produced, edited and reported programs for over four years. He covers high speed rail, electric vehicles and other auto innovations, along with safety, bike and pedestrian issues and a bit of aviation too. His radio reporting can be heard occasionally on Marketplace, NPR, WNYC and other public radio programs. He has reported on transportation and development issues from Haiti, Brazil, Ecuador and Mexico. Before WNYC/Transportation Nation, he was an executive producer of two national radio programs at Air America Radio and a freelancer reporter filing stories on business, arts, and politics. He teaches at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism and occasionally writes for magazines such as GOOD and Fast Company. 
1. What is currently the most exciting current transport project in your country?
In New York it is bike share, because that is launching next month. Nationally, the prospect of safer, self-driving cars is gaining positive attention and interest even if it is far off. 
2. Where does the money come from? 
For bike share, a private sponsor paying for advertising, for self driving cars, private companies with some government incentives. 
3. As an MTP participant, what are you particularly looking forward to?
I'm interested to learn about Euro 6 emissions standard and how cities have reduced car use and pollution through policy. Or any policies or case studies that might inform what the U.S. might want to implement. 








Chenghao Fu
Shanghai Daily

Chenghao Fu covers China’s energy, heavy industry and transportation and other subjects for the Shanghai Daily. He joined the English-language newspaper in 2005.

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1.  What is currently the most exciting current transport project in your country?
High-speed railway
2.  Where does the money come from? 
Mainly loans from state banks and debts, while the government also seeks to widen funding channels to include the private sector
3.  As an MTP participant, what are you particularly looking forward to?
Expert views on how China should better optimize its spending as the country builds more railways and airports. Also, expert views on China’s struggling shipping industry amid slowing global demand.








Pongphon Sarnsamak 
The Nation newspaper


Since 2007, Pongphon Sarnsamak works at The Nation newspaper, which is run by Nation News Network company. He covers two particular issues, including environmental and health beats. Previously, he has worked at the Krungthepturakit newspaper, a national business newspaper publishing in Thai language. During the past few years, he has attended several journalism training courses, mostly focussing on environmental and health issues. 
1. What is currently the most exciting current transport project in your country?
Thailand is now planning to invest Bt 2-trillion to build the multiple rail and mass transit projects across county. The Mass Rapid Transit Authority of Thailand (MRTA) and State Railway of Thailand (SRT) are tasked with implementing these projects including high speed rail, elevated trains and subway. These projects are aimed at improving the logistic route and supporting the transport links between Thailand and ASEAN Economic Community countries.
2. Where does the money come from? 
The government plans to borrow this large money from state borrowing programs to invest in this mega project.
3. As an MTP participant, what are you particularly looking forward to?
I am looking forward to hear recommendations from experts as to how governments can go ahead with mega transport projects such as this in a sustainable way, both financially and ecologically, with as little repercussions as possible for the environment and people's health.
The Nation | 27.05.2013








Julia Kuzeljevich
Canadian Transportation & Logistics, Truck News, Motortruck Fleet Executive, Transportation Media

Julia Kuzeljevich is Features Editor of the Transportation Media umbrella group at Glacier Media. This includes properties Canadian Transportation & Logistics, Truck News, Motortruck Fleet Executive and the websites and With 13 years of industry experience, Julia is responsible for daily news coverage, video reports and feature length articles on issues of concern and of interest to the transportation and logistics industry in Canada. 
1. What is currently the most exciting current transport project in your country?
Currently, the most exciting transport project in Canada is an agreement between Canada and the United States toward building a new publicly owned bridge crossing between Windsor, Ontario, and Detroit, Michigan. The project aims to facilitate trade and investment between Canada and the United States, reduce congestion at this critical Canada-U.S. border crossing, support the creation of new export related jobs and investment opportunities along the Quebec City–Windsor Corridor, increase the competitiveness of the North American manufacturing sector, and provide thousands of construction jobs in Ontario and Michigan.
2. Where does the money come from? 
The project will be funded by the Government of Canada, with the U.S. plaza being the responsibility of the U.S. government. The private sector is also expected to contribute to the project through a public-private partnership. (The province of) Ontario and Canada are jointly funding the Windsor Essex Parkway, which will connect Highway 401 to the new bridge.
The project includes the bridge, Canadian and U.S. inspection plazas, and an interchange with U.S. Interstate-75 with construction expected to take four to five years. The project advances the goals of the Action Plan on Perimeter Security and Economic Competiveness announced by Prime Minister Harper and President Obama in December 2011, and is also a key component of Canada’s Continental Gateway and trade corridor strategy. A U.S. Presidential permit was recently approved, an important step toward making the new bridge become a reality.
3. As a MTP participant, what are you particularly looking forward to?
I am looking forward to meeting new colleagues from different countries, and hearing about their media mandates and the transport issues that are most important in their homelands. I think the “Funding Transport” theme is very timely and I really look forward to finding out what solutions are being advanced in the public and private sector, to ensure that economies prosper through proper transport and trade flows.
Of course it will also be nice to see Germany in springtime and find out more about the city of Leipzig.
I Chainnel | 23.05.2013








Jun Shi
The Economic Observer

Shelley Shi (Jun Shi) is a senior reporter from the most influential Chinese economic news paper The Economic Observer. She covers news from technology\internet \PE\VC. She has been working for the newspaper for 2 years. Previously, she was an anchor in Macao Satellite TV(MASTV). She worked for 2 years in Macao and Beijing for MASTV. Before that she studyied at the Communication University of China and achieved her master's degree. She published a book about Chinese companies listed in the US which were attacked by short sellers like Muddywaters in 2013.
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Economic Observer (China) | 07.06.2013








Emily Stewart
Australian Broadcasting Corporation

Emily Stewart has been a reporter with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, the national broadcaster, since 2008. She has been the Melbourne reporter for The Business program, a national business, economics and finance television show, since 2010. She has covered a wide range of transport issues including public private partnerships, shipping industry reforms and biofuel in the aviation industry.

1. What is the most exciting current transport project in your country?
Australia has a growing population and its cities are ever-expanding. Public transport and roads in major cities are at capacity. The Australian Government is now grappling with how to fund new infrastructure. Public-private partnerships are on the rise and major roads are often tolled. The biggest public transport project under construction is the expansion of the rail link into Victoria’s growth corridors. It will remove major bottlenecks, and build new tracks, stations and rail bridges.

The most exciting project is still just in the planning stage – a high speed rail line between Melbourne and Brisbane on the east coast of Australia. The project would cost more than 100 billion dollars and would take around 50 years to build.

2. Where does the money come from?
The regional rail link is expected to cost around $4.3 billion dollars. The project is being funded by the state and Federal Governments.

3. As an MTP participant, what are you particularly looking forward to?
I am looking forward to hearing from the world’s top transport leaders. I believe an Australian audience will be keen to hear about world best-practice in funding transport and infrastructure as well as innovations in the industry.

Bike sharing...why Europe is streets ahead of Australia
ABC Australia | 09.07.2013

Australia stuck in the slow lane as the world gets on board high speed trains
ABC Australia | 27.06.2013

Car sharing - the latest innovation
ABC Australia | 20.06.2013

The BMW that talks to traffic lights
ABC Australia | 19.06.2013

Feeling the buzz over drones
ABC Australia | 12.06.2013

Emily Stewart in Leipzig for the International Transport Forum
ABC Australia | 22.05.2013










Zeynep Topaloğlu
Hürriyet Daily News

Zeynep Topaloğlu has been an economy editor in English-language Turkish newspaper Hürriyet Daily News since December 2012. Prior to her job at Daily News, she worked with Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) in a traffic management project which they conducted jointly with Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality. She has studied photojournalism in a private academy along with her education in Sabancı University Social and Political Sciences Program. She had lived and worked in Paris for a while and begun her masters in Galatasaray University upon her return to Turkey.

1. What is currently the most exciting current   transport project in your country?
There are a lot of giant transport and infrastructure projects Turkish government brags about but the most recent one is the third airport to be built in Istanbul, as the winner of the tender that took place few weeks ago placed a record amount of 22.1 billion euros for 25 years rent. The construction cost of the project is estimated to be more than $8 billion.

2.  Where does the money come from? 
The winning consortium, formed by five Turkish companies, says it has secured a substantial amount of funds from several actors and is still in talks for more. The state has already promised to pay 6,300 billion euros after the third airport is opened

3.  As an MTP participant, what are you particularly looking forward to?
I’m excited to see how other countries handle the environment and healthy urbanization related problems of transport projects as well as how they maintain their sustainable financing.

High privatization tenders may cost citizens dear: OECD
Hürriyet Daily News | 25.05.2013

Turkey, Bulgaria to resolve border issue
Hürriyet Daily News | 24.05.2013








Roxanne Uy
Singapore Business Review

Roxanne Primo Uy is a journalist based in Manila working for Charlton Media Group, a Singapore-based publishing company. Since 2011, she has written comprehensive articles, features, and sector analyses for the company’s online and print publications – Singapore Business Review, Hong Kong Business, Asian Banking and Finance, and Asian Power. Roxanne mainly writes for Singapore Business Review and Asian Banking and Finance where she covers a wide range of topics such as transport & logistics, hiring & employment, economy, retail, hotels & tourism, telecommunication, and banking & finance.

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1. What is currently the most exciting current transport project in your country?
The Philippines’ Project Development and Monitoring Facility (PDMF) Board recently approved four big-ticket infrastructure projects worth more than P80 billion to be undertaken using the public-private partnership scheme. One of these projects is the long-overdue development and extension of the Philippine National Railways’ North and South Lines which will make rail transportation between provinces in Luzon more convenient and affordable. 
In Singapore, a 30km underground train line is expected to be fully completed in 2021. The new Thomson Line will have 22 stations and 6 interchange stations. Once finished, about 400,000 commuters can expect their travelling times to be reduced by half. Some analysts also expect the Thomson line to connect with the upcoming rapid transit link between Singapore and Malaysia.

2. Where does the money come from?
Funds for the Philippines’ big-ticket projects will be from PDMF, sourced from grants under official development assistance.

3. As an MTP participant, what are you particularly looking forward to?
I look forward to hearing exciting ideas and recommendations from the world’s major decision makers on how to improve transportation systems in both developing and developed countries like the Philippines and Singapore. I am also interested to learn more about different transport funding schemes, explore the world's transport policy agenda, and discover how all these relate to Asian countries.








Elena Valiyeva
The First News Agency

Being engaged in news journalism for about five years, Elena Valiyeva focuses mainly on EU – Azerbaijan relations including political, economical and social aspects. Transport issues are a significant parts of this cooperation.
Azerbaijan, where she comes from, is the transit point of multiple transport routes, including energy, railway etc. Therefore news stories related to development of transport projects get a large part in media space in the country.
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1. What is currently the most exciting current transport project in your country?
I am particularly interested in learning international best practices for funding the public transport. I would call TRACECA Program and Baku-Tbilisi-Kars railway project the most exciting transport initiatives that are being implemented in Azerbaijan. TRACECA is an international program of cooperation in the sphere of transport between the European Union and its partner-countries in Eastern Europe, South Caucasus and Central Asia. 
Restoring Historic Silk Road TRACECA Program includes various projects aiming on developing the mutual beneficial opportunities in aviation, marine, auto and railway transportation, as well transport safety and infrastructure.
Baku-Tbilisi-Kars railway route is another ambitious project that will connect Azerbaijan, Georgia and Turkey, as well as make the region a key element in international transport corridor between Europe and Asia. The railway is due to be put into operation next year.

2. Where does the money come from?
Transport projects within the TRACECA Program are mainly funded by the European Union and partly by participating states. So far EU has allocated 170 millions of euro for the implementation around 80 various projects of TRACECA. This support is mainly focused on improving transport safety and assistance in legislation reforms to boost trade in the region.
Baku-Tbilisi-Kars project, which costs around 600 million euros is funded by participating states. Azerbaijan is also allocating Georgia long-term loan to implement the project. It is expected to carry around 30 million tons of cargo annually.

3. As an MTP participant, what are you particularly looking forward to?
The Forum in Leipzig is a good opportunity to listen and talk to decision-making people in the sphere of transport. It might inspire some ideas for my future stories related to the relevant projects in the South Caucasus. I also hope that Media Travel Program will help me extend my professional network and meet new people with common interests in this sphere.








Jonathan Vazquez

Jonathan Vázquez Betancourt is a specialist communicator in terms of transport, urban development and climate change. Previously he was external communications coordinator for World Resources Institute EMBARQ –Mexico-. His specific areas of expertise are the development of strategic relationships with government authorities, media, sponsors, and how to create communication and branding campaigns in order to reach the public and political agenda. Currently he analyses and advises different transportation projects in terms of communication. He also works as a reporter for Equilibrio, an environmental magazine that belongs to grupo Reforma.
Jonathan's journalistic experience iincludes covering important events like the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and different local events with federal and local authorities as a reporter, master of ceremony, moderator, and social media manager. He is currently studying a master degree in Communication and public affairs at Center for research and teaching Economy in Mexico.

1. What is currently the most exciting current transport project in your country?
"Vive Bus" in Chihuahua is the most important current transport project in Mexico. It's been a long time since the project began. Several authorities that lost the oportunity to develop this important system. But just few days ago the current administration launched which seems to be the strongest step to reach the goal.
Chihuhua has been one of the cities in Mexico with highest levels of violence related to the drug dealers bands that the Mexican government encouraged during the former federal administration; Chihuahu represents in terms of politics one of the first democratic states in Mexico where civil society gave an important fight against the electoral fraud. And in that sense is really important to think about the importance that civil society from that city gave an important fight and presure this time to reach their right of a better mobility and quality of life.
Chihuahua represents the window for the plot point that several north cities are waiting to successfuly deploy their sustainable and integrated transportation endeavors.

2. Where does the money come from?
The federal government involving National Bank for Public Works, Mexico for its Public Transportation Federal Support Program (PROTRAM); local government -Chihuahua-.

3. As an MTP participant, what are you particularly looking forward to?
I had the opportunity to be part of the media crew that made the international coverage one year ago. It was a great experience. But I have to mention that theres always something else to learn in terms of transport's and urban development public policy.

Unfortunately the media seems to be always one of those important participants out of the debate. In this sense what I'm expecting from these meetings is to increase the communications skills and understanding of the two important sides of the communication -in terms of public policy, particulary transport-:

Authoritiy's information and transparency and accountability
The professional analysis and research and point of view from a media that should be part of the solution, of the debate and the creation of a civil society informed, intelligent and conscious of their determinant roll for the democracy, and development, where transport is crucial.








Tim Wall
Global Business Editor and Executive Editor, English-language editions
Russia Beyond the Headlines

Originally from the UK, Tim has worked as a journalist and editor on newspapers in Russia and the former Soviet Union for 14 years, focusing on business and politics - and the intersection of the two. Currently, at Russia Beyond the Headlines, he is involved in the production of supplements about Russia in 26 leading newspapers around the world.
Previously, Tim led The Moscow News as editor-in-chief from 2009-2012, transforming the paper into a must-read publication on business, politics, society and culture - covering such transportation issues as airline safety and Moscow traffic jams.
At The Moscow Times, he was a senior editor from 2003-2008, covering the energy-fuelled growth of the Russian economy and the Yukos affair. In Baku, Azerbaijan, from 2000-2003, as managing editor of Caspian Business News he specialized in covering pipeline geopolitics and infrastructure challenges.

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1. What is currently the most exciting current transport project in your country?
The new Moscow-St. Petersburg highway.

2. Where does the money come from?
Public-Private Partnership - the government and a Russian construction company.

3. As an MTP participant, what are you particularly looking forward to?
Roundtable on High-Speed rail.


Xinyuan Wang
Global Times

Xinyuan Wang has been a business reporter at the Global Times since the English language newspaper was established in April 2009. Her major report coverage includes finance, banking, investment as well as macroeconomics.

1. What is currently the most exciting current transport project in your country?
a. Railway reform, which is the separation of government function as railway administrator from railway market operator so as to make the railway operation more efficient with less government intervention.
b. China tries to expand its high speed railway network, but the railway system is already under heavy debt of 2.6 trillion yuan ($429 billion) with debt-to-asset ratio as high as 61%.
c. Contradiction of growing demand for non-profit public transportation and market-driven pricing scheme.

2. Where does the money come from?
Most from government issued bonds, the government also tries to have private capital involved to fuel expansion of the newly built projects, but government set/controlled price of train tickets and low return impede private investors 

3. As an MTP participant, what are you particularly looking forward to?
I am particularly interested in learning international best practices for funding the public transport.

Drive angry 
Global Times  | 30.05.2013

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MrJunichiAbeThe Yomiuri ShimbunJapan
MsBassma Al JandalyGulf NewsUnited Arab Emirates
MsArzuAtasoyHaber RevizyonTurkey
MsWilfredoBarrientos FariasCronica Viva/ANP Radio/Radio La RiberenaPERU
MsJimenaCatronDiario FinancieroChile
MrGordonDicksonFort Worth Star-TelegramUSA
MrErginHavaToday's ZamanTurkey
MrBartJansenUSA TODAYUnited States
MsYelenaKosolapovaTrend News AgencyAzerbaijan
MrYasushiKuharaTokyo ShimbunJAPAN
MsJi-yoonLee The Korea HeraldKorea
MrPiyushPandeyThe Times of IndiaIndia
MsJunShiThe Economic ObserverChina
MsLisaSteynMail & GuardianSouth Africa
MsRoxanneUySingapore Business ReviewPHILIPPINES
MrJonathan VazquezEquilibrio, Radio TreceMexico
MrTimWallRussia Beyond the HeadlinesRussian Federation
MsXinyuanWangGlobal TimesChina
MsWaZhouChina DailyChina
MrAlexGoldmarkWNYC -- New York Public Radio / Transportation Nation USA
MrChenghaoFuShanghai DailyChina
MrPongphonSarnsamak The Nation newspaperThailand 
MrNivellRaydaThe Jakarta GlobeIndonesia
MrZainAl TauqiMuscat DailySultanate of Oman
MsElenaValiyevaThe First News Agency Azerbaijan
MrAliaksandrKraskoBelorusy i RynokBelarus
MsAlexandraMyskinachief editor of information departmentKazakhstan
MsEmilyStewartAustralian Broadcasting CorporationAustralia
MsJuliaKuzeljevichCanadian Transportation & Logistics, Truck News, Motortruck Fleet Executive, Transportation MediaCanada

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