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Transport of Russia international forum and exhibition ends

The VI Transport of Russia international forum and exhibition has ended at Gostiny Dvor in Moscow. The event was held as part of Transport Week 2012.

The exhibition, which covered 3,500 sq m of display space – 14.7% up on last year’s event – was visited by some 4,000 people. More than 1,000 delegates from 20 countries took part in the forum. More than 100 media outlets covered the forum and exhibition.

Russia’s President Vladimir Putin and Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev sent greetings to those taking part in Transport Week 2012.

Sergei Ivanov, head of the Russian Presidential Administration, Arkady Dvorkovich, Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation, Maxim Sokolov, Minister of Transport of the Russian Federation, Vladimir Yakunin, President of Russian Railways, and other leaders in the transport industry took part in the exhibition and the forum, together with representatives of the public and scientific circles, transport equipment manufacturers and delegations from Russia’s regions.

The distinguished guests visited a number of stands at the exhibition, for example the Orel Region stand, where the region’s governor Alexander Kozlov described its plans to develop its road and rail networks. The theme of high-speed rail transport in Russia was also picked up at the Russian Railways stand. The discussion at the Tatarstan stand was about the implementation of transport projects that are underway as part of the preparations for the Universiade.

At the stand representing the Most construction company, which built a bridge to Russky Island in Vladivostok, some difficult issues were raised with regard to getting the transport infrastructure ready for holding events of global significance. At the Avtodor stand the construction of the Moscow – St Petersburg road was discussed. Representatives of the Federal Air Transport Agency talked about how air traffic control centres are being created.

The key topic of the forum – the revision of the Transport Strategy 2030 – was the theme of the whole event. After starting a conversation about the industry’s programme document in the plenary session, the participants continued it in an open discussion format, and then during the forum’s themed conferences, round tables, special sessions and expert dialogues.

The forum’s content reflected issues and solutions in all segments of the transport system without exception. Apart from the traditional topics – the water transport economy, innovative development of the road industry, the development of the regional transport market and the advantages of rail transport – some very important issues were raised, on which extensive discussion needs to begin today: the transformation of the transport ideology for New Moscow, PPP projects in the road business, and the market for electric cars in Russia.

The forum included a presentation, attended by Russia’s Transport Minister Maxim Sokolov, of research by the Russian Public Opinion Research Centre entitled “A comprehensive audit of the quality of services provided in transport”, in which the transport system was presented through the lens of public opinion. The aim of the research was to assess the efficiency of the work of the Russian Ministry of Transport, agencies and services coming under its jurisdiction, and private operating companies.

A whole range of agreements were reached during the forum. Sergei Khramagin, General Director of the State Transport Leasing Company (STLC), signed cooperation agreements with the governments of Orel and Ulyanovsk Regions in the presence of Russia’s Transport Minister Maxim Sokolov.

The agreement between the STLC and Orel Region is aimed at supporting the region’s strategic programmes and projects to develop its transport infrastructure, including the passenger transport system. The aim of the agreement between the STLC and the government of Ulyanovsk Region is to engage in active cooperation in modernising the transport industry’s equipment fleets. One very important area of joint work will be supporting regional strategic programmes, projects and other initiatives to develop the region’s transport infrastructure, including the passenger transport and roads systems.

Agreements were also signed on cooperation between the Ministry of Transport of the Russian Federation and the Russian Public Organisation for Small and Medium-Sized Business, OPORA RUSSIA; on socio-economic cooperation between the Ministry of Transport of the Russian Federation and the Government of Orel Region, and on scientific and technical cooperation between the Federal Highway Agency and the Government of Moscow Region.

The forum and exhibition were well received by the participants and guests and were also widely reported in the media.

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