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Secretary Chao Co-hosts First Americas Transportation Summit.

U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao co-hosted the first-ever Americas Transportation Summit with Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) President Luis Alberto Moreno in Washington, DC. The summit brought together delegations from 19 Latin American and Caribbean countries, including 9 Transport Ministers. The summit discussed visionary leadership to safely integrate innovation in transportation.

The Americas Transportation Summit engages both the public and private sectors in exploring innovative practices to advance competitive, safe, and secure transportation services. The event gathered ministerial authorities from the region's transport sector, recognized international experts, and representatives of the private sector.

At the summit, Secretary Chao spoke with Latin American and Caribbean Ministers of Transport about the Department's number one priority--safety--along with infrastructure improvements, investments, and emerging technology such as unmanned aerial systems (drones), autonomous (self-driving) vehicles, and commercial space. The leaders shared and exchanged information and best practices to address common transportation challenges. The historic summit was the firstever meeting between these Ministers of Transport, IDB, and the U.S. Department of Transportation.

To read Secretary Chao's remarks from the summit, visit

Caption: U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao, center, is joined by representatives from 19 Latin American and Caribbean countries at the first-ever Americas Transportation Summit in June 2019.

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Title Annotation:ALONG THE ROAD
Publication:Public Roads
Date:Sep 22, 2019
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