Business Section: Day 1 of the VIII International Forum and the Transport of Russia Exhibition
The VIII International Forum and the Transport of Russia Exhibition opened their doors for the visitors on the 4th December in Moscow.
The Forum’s official opening ceremony was attended by Dmitry Rogozin, Russia’s deputy Prime Minister, and Maxim Sokolov, the Minister of Transport.
They visited the exhibition to see the stands of the Transport Ministry of the Russian Federation, Russian Railways, Aeroflot, Federal air transport agency (Rossaviatsia), Transcontainer, Sibmost, Federal Agency for Sea and Inland Water Transport, Rossmorport, Autodor etc.
The Forum’s program began with the Business Breakfast of the Minister of Transport of the Russian Federation, where Maxim Sokolov and his guests discussed the prospects of developing the transport industry, their ability to attract extra-budgetary sources and structuring of public-private partnerships.
Two parallel industry conferences were held during the business section: “Modern Means of Individual Mobility: New Challenges for the Development of Territories” and “Technical Regulation and Road Safety in Customs Union”. The participants exchanged views on the construction, maintenance and repair of roads in the Customs Union countries.
The business program continued with the special industry conference, entitled “Ensuring the transport sector is secure against acts of unlawful interference and the use of modern technologies”. Delegates discussed the different approaches to organising transport security, and also spoke about increasing training for security personnel.
Alexander Kornyenko, Director of the Department for Transport Security and Special Programs of RF Ministry of Transport, said that “the purpose of our discussion is to give both sides of the process the opportunity to be heard, and find ways of solving problems.” The discussion was moderated by Nikolay Zakhryapin, Deputy Minister of Transport of the Russian Federation, who emphasised the need for comprehensive measures to ensure security on all modes of transport in Russia.
The Second Transport Educational Forum was also held during the first day with a key topic to discuss being “Industry education system. Is there a single recipe for cooperation between universities and transport companies?”. The discussion was moderated by Sergey Gradirovsky, Member of the Russian Expert Council of the Government of the Russian Federation.
Addressing the participants of the forum, Maxim Sokolov said: “Today, transport education should give a clear answer to the question of whether it is capable of coming up with breakthrough technologies independently, or by cooperating with major research centres.” The Minister stressed that transport universities must become familiar with Russian federal universities’ best practices, and use both network and distance teaching methods.
The speakers discussed the future of the profession, and also determined which approaches could be taken from the past, in order to prepare qualified personnel for their posts. Boris Lyovin, President of the Association of Higher Educational Institutions of Transport, noted that “today transport universities graduates must not only have the knowledge, but they also need to be able to develop the industry further”.
Various other conferences were also held, such as “Modern Means of Individual Mobility: New Challenges for the Development of Territories”; “Public-Private Partnership in Transport Sector: Ensuring Road Safety”, as well as the scientific-practical conference entitled “Information technologies in public transport: safety and comfort”.
The plenary session will continue on the second day of the Forum, with a discussion entitled “Transport infrastructure: rapid development strategy”, a live broadcast of which can be found on the event’s website: transweek.ru/2014/ru/forum/translation/
In total, Transport Week-14 will feature around 20 conferences and other events, with more than 100 keynote speakers.
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