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POST RELEASE, 19.11.2012

III International Forum “Taking Transport Infrastructure of Russia to the Innovation Path of Development” was held on November 16, 2012 at Lotte Hotel Moscow in Moscow under the auspices of the Russian Government and the State Duma. The event was attended by approximately 180 people, among them were representatives of the State Duma Transport Committee, Association of European Businesses in Russia (AEB), The Federal Customs Service of Russia, Autonomous Non-Commercial Organisation “Infrastructure Development Centre”, as well as presidents of major companies working in development of the transport logistic infrastructure and intelligent transport systems: Kapsch TrafficCom, G.E.A., IBM, Siemens, Avtodor State Corporation, TRASNPROEKT, TRANSSTROY Design and Construction Company, among others.

A welcome address to the organisers, guests and participants in the event was sent by Deputy Chairman of the Russian Government Dmitry Rogozin, who expressed certainty that “this Forum will help to develop specific proposals as regards amendments to be introduced into the laws for the purposes of modernising the transport industry, improve safety of transport infrastructure facilities, as well as the quality and affordability of transport service for the people”. Russian Deputy Minister of Transport Nikolai Asaul also sent his letter of welcome to the Forum in which he stressed the importance of improving the efficiency of freight flow traffic through development of piggyback services. This was the focus of the round-table conference during which its participants were able to discuss the upgrading of the organisational, technical and technological base for effective coordination of the vehicular and railway transport, as well as freight safety in the context of piggyback services.

The Forum was opened by the President of Autonomous Non-Commercial Organisation “Infrastructure Development Centre”, member of the Expert Council under the Russian Government Sergey Shishkarev. In his report he specifically focused on the federal transport system programmes: “Our task is to move on to long-term forecasting. In the framework of the implementation of federal target programmes and, primarily, the transport system programme, we must think not only about the problems that we may face in the immediate future. What we must concern ourselves with now is the transport logistics 10-20 years from here and begin to build roads “with a reserve”, so to speak. According to Shishkarev, the crucial role in long-term transport project planning must be played by the Russian Ministry of Transport: “Currently the implementation of a variety of transport projects is being considered at various angles by a number of our ministries, among them the Ministry of Economy, the Ministry of Regional Development and others. To ensure sustainable further development of the country’s transport infrastructure, the Ministry of Transport shall take the long-term planning and project implementation policies on the territory of Russia into its hands”.

Words of welcome were also addressed by the head of the Federal Customs Service Andrei Belyaninov, Frank Schauff, CEO of the Association of European Businesses (AEB) and Director General of ITS Russia Vladimir Kryuchkov.

The event became a platform for discussing the most topical issues related to the development of Russia’s transport infrastructure. Thus, in the framework of the plenary session Deputy Head of the Traffic Management Service, State Public Institution “Centre for Traffic Management under the Government of Moscow” Alexander Stepanov told about ITS and passenger transportation management. Francois Xavier Ott, Strategy, Marketing and Sales Director at G.E.A. specifically focused on the issues related to the construction of toll highways in Russia, as well as the urgent need for automated maut calculators, and possible solutions to the problem of the lack of parking space in Moscow. Director General of ITS Russia Vladimir Kryuchkov stressed the potential of domestic producers and offered his view of the current challenges faced by the industry: “According to the customs service, Russian roads are responsible for the bulk of the adverse impact on the Russian investment climate. Traffic streams need to be reallocated with a certain percentage of freight being passed on to the railway, maritime and air transport. Moreover, the implementation of new technologies and the construction of toll highways require a regulatory legal framework”.

The issues discussed at the conference included such urgent ones as the role of federal and regional authorities in building a legal basis for ITS, security upgrade for transport infrastructure facilities, reorientation of specific branches of the military industrial sector to the production of civilian production requiring in turn the rearrangement of production capacities, technologies, staff competence and reallocation of financial resources, as well as a number of other.

All of the participants stressed the importance of the III International Forum “Taking Transport Infrastructure of Russia to the Innovation Path of Development”, which became a platform for a productive dialogue between the business sector and the authorities, as well as for establishing contacts and making working arrangements that will henceforth serve to facilitate the modernisation of the transport industry.

The title sponsor of the Forum was Kapsch TrafficCom. The Official Partner was G.E.A. Other partners of the Forum were: IBM Russia and the CIS, A+S Consult, E.S.O. /USA/, OJSC Federal Freight Company.

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