Eurasian Transport and Logistics Forum by Vedomosti: world level quality transport services are the strategic goal of Russian transport system, Focus Communication
Release Date: 2011-04-12Moscow, April 11: Vedomosti, one of the top Russian business dailies, has held the third consecutive Eurasian Transport and Logistics Forum in Ritz Carlton in Moscow with the support of the Ministry of Transport of Russia.
Importance of Eurasian Transport and Logistics Forum, a platform created by Vedomosti for the leading representatives of the Russian transport sector, the key decision makers, civil servants from the Ministry of Transport and the Ministry of Industry and Trade of Russia, as well as consumers of transport services, insurance companies and representatives of the regional authorities, to discuss the key issues that Russia faces in terms of optimizing its high potential transport system, has been confirmed by the key related decision makers, guests and core mass media, and is a long-awaited event focused on transport since 2009.
Essential improvements for efficient development of transport in Russia, providing competitiveness of all sectors of the Russian transport system and the legislative and financial measures required to increase the flow of passengers and commodities, as well as reaching the world level in cargo logistics were the central issues touched by top notch speakers this year: Andrey Nedosekov, deputy Minister of Transport of Russia, Salman Babaev, VP of Russian Railways, Mikhail Blinkin, Scientific Director of Research Institute of Transport and Roads, Sergey Likharev, General Director of Basel Aero, Andrey Kigim, President of the Russian Insurers Union, Denis Muratov, General Director of High Speed Highways (Visokoskorostniye Magistrali), and Yuri Slusar, Director of Aviation Department of the Ministry of Industry and Trade of Russia, to name a few.
Sergey Nedbaylo, Executive Director of Airbus Russia, and Sergey Kravchenko, President of Boeing in Russia and CIS, shared their views on efficiency of air transport and partnerships with airlines as a way of maximizing it. Steve Kerns from London Transport Department introduced UK’s experience in managing transport flows in big cities.
Andrey Nedosekov, deputy Minister of Transport of Russia, opened the Forum introducing the strategy of Russian transport system development that summarizes the key macroeconomic and segment-focused social, economic and transport responses for the transport complex that the Russian government envisages as the current priorities: reform of financing system for highways with the support of the new Federal Road Fund, cargo transport reform till 2015 with solutions for quality and investments, decentralization of the railway system and the new high speed train route Nizhny Novgorod-Moscow-St-Petersburg and the first Russia-EU route from St-Petersburg to Helsinki, budget support programs for aviation, railways and sea transport, support of environment, new logistic hubs and Eurasian routes connecting the EU to China.
High quality transport services at a world level have been announced the strategic goal of Russian transport system development with innovations, quality and safety on transport as the main priorities. Will Russia eventually achieve it? The general understanding of the current transport agenda shown by the key participants, their flexibility and readiness to work show very good prospects for reaching the announced objectives in development of the Russian transport system.
According to feedback from Alexey Labyrin from NNK (National Nonmetallic Company), Eurasian Transport and Logistics Forum has given full understanding of the upcoming changes in the transport market.