From left to right - Aeschlimann Steve (FIM CEO); Joko Prakoso Jeffrey (IMI) – Indonesia; Walter Julia (DMSB) – Germany; Ljungqvist Kurt (SML) – Finland; Carreira Ramon - FIM Latin America; Rinaldelli Alberto (FMI) – Italy; Ippolito Vito (FIM President); Rentmeesters Stijn (FMB) - Belgium; Westling Per (SVEMO) – Sweden; Zólyomi Andrea (MAMS) – Hungary; Bhattarai Govinda Prasad (NASA) - Nepal; Prel Andreja (AMZS) – Slovenia; Sambuco Alessandro - FIM Europe; Nygaard Jonas (DMU) – Denmark; Poirier Sébastien (FFM) – France; Sikora Michal (PZM) - Poland; Perret Richard (FIM Deputy CEO); Oetojo Poedio (IMI); Van Berkesteijn Camiel (KNMV) - The Netherlands; Saputra Medya (IMI) – Indonesia; Emery Françoise (Planning, Projects & CEO office Director).
Over 20 Secretaries General of FIM Affiliated National Federations (FMNs) and FIM Continental Unions (CONUs) from three continents gathered on 13 June 2017 at the FIM HQ in Mies (Switzerland) for a meeting with the FIM President Vito Ippolito and the FIM Management.
The objective of the meeting was to explore topics around the FIM Mission and the three pillars of the FIM Strategic Objectives which are Sport, Beyond Sport and making the FIM a Modern Organisation. Transparency, interactivity, sharing best practices and enriching experiences were the key words of this exchange.
One of the main items addressed was International Meetings and, in particular, the FIM International Licences and Calendar. Interesting and constructive discussions also took place on the insurance project which will be implemented as of 1 January 2018 and which will benefit all FMNs. In addition, the participants were given some sporting news such as information on the contracts with promoters currently in the pipeline and electric bikes.
Per Westling (SVEMO): “Being properly insured is key for our sport. This insurance project was the focus of high expectations and is becoming a reality. I am confident that this project will be a real added-value for our riders and for us, FMNs.”
Presentations were made on the FIM subsidies progammes and the Road Safety Campaign. The FIM’s intention is to support sound projects whose aims are to develop Motorcycling and which can benefit a large number of FMNs. The Road Safety Campaign, “We, the Riders”, whose objectives are, in concert with the FMNs, to raise the FIM’s profile on road safety issues among target audiences, is expected to contribute to the reduction of accidents on the road as well as to help develop a community around FIM street riding activities.
Joko Prakoso Jeffrey (IMI): “I was very enthusiastic to hear more about this Road Safety Campaign which is a very interesting initiative for, by and with street riders. We all share the joy of riding but are also all concerned about safety and being visible on the roads.”
Better serving the FMNs, which are the main core of the FIM, is one of the priority objectives identified. In a fast-moving world, proactivity and efficiency are essential and have to be supported by an appropriate structure for our organisation. In the framework of the Communication strategy, there is a focus on internal communication with FMNs and CONUs. Education is also key, and the FIM Academy, of which FIM seminars for officials are an important part, was also among the topics discussed.
Julia Walter (DMSB): “It was great to see that communication, and in particular communication with the FIM Family, was addressed and that it is a top priority for the FIM Administration. The new technologies and platforms are great tools for the FIM Family members to keep informed, be consulted and get work done (e.g., ordering licences).”
After the meeting FIM CEO Steve Aeschlimann said: “These meetings are very important for the FIM as they provide an opportunity for closer communication with the FMNs and CONUs and are a valuable occasion to discuss the practical aspects of topics that have a direct impact on their activity. This is exactly in line with our new communication strategy for which engagement with FMNs is a top priority”.
A webcast with topics addressed during the meeting will be provided online on Wednesday 21 June 2017 at 11h (CET) for FMNs and CONUs that were unable to attend the meeting.