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Discussion of the Updated Transport Strategy to be the Key Topic for the Transport Week

The VI International Forum and Exhibition “Transport of Russia” opened at the Gostiny Dvor complex in Moscow today as part of the Transport Week 2012. Representatives of federal executive bodies, heads of regions and regional transport agencies, representatives of transport companies, freight owners and financial institutions have gathered to discuss the key aspects of development of the transport industry.

The event’s General Partner is Russian Railways JSCo, and the General Bank is Vnesheconombank. The General Sponsors are: the State Transport Leasing Company, the NCSP Group, the Federal State Unitary Enterprises Rosmorport and Sovcomflot. The Sponsors are MDS Group and the Freight One. The Operator is Business Dialogue.

The exhibition occupies an area of 3500 square metres, 14.7% more than in 2011. The exhibition’s thematic sections are devoted to the transport infrastructure and science, machine building, passenger service and the latest technologies and communications. On display are innovative developments for all segments of the transport services market. The aim of the exhibition is to attract funding for transport projects, to establish and promote partnership between regions and sectors and to contribute to integration of Russian transport into the international transport system.

Among the exhibitors are manufacturers of means of transport, freight and passenger carriers, owners and operators of the transport infrastructure, regions presenting significant infrastructure projects, investment companies and banks, building organisations, producers and supplies of means of communications and systems, safety and signal devices. Also represented are repair and servicing enterprises, logistics and insurance companies, research institutes, educational institutions and specialised media.

Addressing the Federation Council of the Russian Federal Assembly during the “government hour”, Russian Transport Minister Maxim Sokolov said that the Transport Ministry has prepared an updated version of the Transport Strategy of the Russian Federation for the period up to 2030. “The discussion of the updated Transport Strategy will be the key event of the Transport Week,” the Minister said.

The updated document will be discussed today during the plenary session and the public discussion at the VI International Forum “Transport of Russia”. Taking part in the Forum will be Transport Minister Maxim Sokolov, Chief of Staff of the Russian Presidential Executive Office Staff Sergei Ivanov, Deputy Prime Minister Arkady Dvorkovich, Deputy Speaker of the State Duma Vladimir Vasilyev, Russian Minister for Open Government affairs Mikhail Abyzov, and President of Russian Railways Vladimir Yakunin.

Transformation of the transport ideology of a megalopolis will be discussed by an expert panel. What will Moscow 2020 be like in terms of transport? The enlargement of Moscow almost to the boundaries of the Kaluga region is more than merely addition of more land. It should change the social and economic relations within the capital agglomeration and shift the centres of business activity towards the region.

The organisation of freight and passenger traffic, and the transport infrastructure should match the capital’s standards. The territory of New Moscow will see building of new and modernisation of existing motorways, maximum development of railways and building of high-speed tram lines and roads to connect them.

The experts – including Deputy Transport Minister Oleg Belozerov, Head of the Higher School of Economics Institute for Transport Economics and Transport Policy Studies and member of Russia’s Public Chamber Mikhail Blinkin, Moscow Region Transport Minister Alexander Vorobyov, and Antoine Grumbach, the head of Antoine Grumbach et Associes, which has won the Best Project of Greater Moscow contest – will discuss and come up with joint recommendations for development of the capital’s transport system. The sponsor of that conference is TransCreditBank.

A separate session of the forum sponsored by UralVagonZavod today is devoted to the advantages of rail transport. Will rail transport become standard not only for the EU but also for Russia? This question will be discussed by Russian Deputy Transport Minister Alexei Tsydenov, head of the Moscow Metro Ivan Besedin, Russian Railways Senior Vice President and Chief Engineer Valentin Gapanovich, Alstom Russia Managing Director for Russia and the CIS Bernard Gonnet, Bombardier Transportation Senior Director for New Business Development Flavio Canetti, founder and Director of Priestmangoode, Paul Priestman, Chief Executive of the United Wagon Company Roman Savushkin, Sverdlovsk Region Minister of Transport and Communications Alexander Sidorenko, Chief Executive Officer of UralVagonZavod Oleg Sienko and Freight One Deputy CEO for Technological Development Sergey Kaletin.

Also on the first day of the Forum an Avtodor-sponsored conference “Public-Private Partnership in the Road Transport Sector. Investment and Infrastructure Market Prospects” will discuss projects for further development of roads in Russia and foreign experience of road management. The conference moderators will be Russia’s Deputy Transport Minister Oleg Belozerov and Avtodor Chairman of the Board Sergei Kelbakh.

A series of agreements is to be signed today: on cooperation between the Transport Ministry of the Russian Federation and the OPORA RUSSIA national non-governmental organisation for small and medium entrepreneurship; on social and economic cooperation between the Russian Transport Ministry and the Orel Region Government; on social and economic cooperation between the State Transport Leasing Company and the Ulyanovsk Region Government; on scientific and technical cooperation between the Federal Highway Agency and the Moscow Region Government.

The VI International Exhibition and the forum “Transport of Russia” are part of Transport Week 2012, which, in accordance with tradition, began with youth events: the IV Spartakiad Games for Transport Universities Students in Russia and the National Festival of Art for Transport Higher Education Establishments “TranspART 2012”.

Another Transport Week event is the III International Congress ROAD TRAFFIC RUSSIA. This year, the congress took the shape of a public forum called “Traffic Management in the Russian Federation”. It was opened by the Transport Minister Maxim Sokolov, who noted that urban congestion caused serious economic damage. Maxim Sokolov said that the Russian Transport Ministry had identified the main areas of government policy in traffic management.

The Fifth Conference of Transport Ministers of the Council of Baltic Sea States (CBSS) was held in Moscow on 5 December as part of the Transport Week. It was chaired by the Russian Transport Minister Maxim Sokolov. The heads of the transport agencies of Baltic States who took part in the Conference described their national policies in the field of marine transport and set out their positions on ways to strengthen transport cooperation in the Baltic Region. The Conference adopted a declaration on formation of an integrated, safe, stable and efficient transport system in the Baltic area, in order to promote trade, mobility and tourism and improve the well-being of the population in the Baltic Council member states.

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