The anniversary of the International Coordinating Council on Trans-Eurasian Transportation has been held
The 30th anniversary plenary session of the International Coordinating Council on Trans-Eurasian Transportation (CCTT) was held in Moscow via video conference. The meeting was attended by heads of railways of Europe, Asia and the CIS, representatives of government agencies, the Executive Secretary of the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific, leading freight forwarders, port companies, telecommunications and marketing companies.
Oleg Belozyorov, Chairman of the CCTT, General Director – Chairman of the Board of Russian Railways, made a report on “Prospects, challenges and trends in the development of Trans-Eurasian transportation.”
The event, which continued in an open dialogue format, focused on the current state and future plans of Trans-Eurasian multimodal transport, as well as the role of the CCTT in the development of transport links between government agencies, railway leaders, freight forwarding organizations and associations.
Chairman of Azerbaijan Railways CJSC Javid Gurbanov congratulated the participants on the 30th anniversary of the organization and expressed confidence that the meeting will be successful. He noted that Azerbaijan Railways CJSC was accepted as a permanent member of the CCTT two years ago in September 2019, which opened new opportunities for our country in the field of freight transportation and created conditions for our scope to cover wider international routes.The Chairman noted that the liberation of our territories by the victorious Azerbaijani army under the leadership of Supreme Commander-in-Chief Ilham Aliyev in the 44-day war created conditions for the development of railway connections with the countries of the region, as well as the development of short and profitable railway connections of various countries and other communication links. Noting that Azerbaijan Railways has done some work within the CCTT, the chairman informed about the work carried out in the field of infrastructure, the reconstruction of the Sumgayit-Yalama railway line, which is part of the North-South International Transport Corridor, and the construction of the Astara terminal.
He also noted the prospects for using the potential of the Baku-Tbilisi-Kars railway to transport goods to Turkey and Europe, transiting through the countries of the Asia-Pacific region using Russian ports in the Far East.
At the meeting, the heads of leading forwarding and operator companies of the CCTT presented successful intermodal transportation services in Trans-European transportation, shared their experience in creating competitive transport and logistics products and made proposals to increase the efficiency of railway and seaport infrastructure in the field of international cargo transportation. The necessary elements of the sustainable operation of multimodal services are the establishment of effective interaction of seaports with the railways and the ways of synchronization with other logistics participants in cargo transportation.
The participants shared their experience in cargo diversification, cost optimization and container use in maintaining the competitive position of seaports.
In conclusion,the organizational issues of the International Coordinating Council on Trans-Eurasian Transportation were discussed, including the admission of new members, approval of work plans of working groups and other issues.