71st Meeting of the Council for Railway Transport of the Commonwealth Member States
The seventy-first meeting of the Council for Railway Transport of the Commonwealth Member States (CSZT) was held on 15-16 October 2019 in city of Minsk (Republic of Belarus).
The meeting was attended by: Deputy Prime Minister of the Republic of Belarus Vladimir Kukharev, Minister of Transport and Communications of the Republic of Belarus Alexey Avramenko, Chairman of the Standing Committee of the House of Representatives of the National Assembly of the Republic of Belarus Andrey Rybak and Deputy Chairman of the CIS Executive Committee Agybay Smagulov, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Russian Federation to Republic of Belarus Dmitry Mezentsev.
Participants in the meeting were: members of the Council - heads of the railway administrations of the Republic of Azerbaijan, Republic of Armenia, Republic of Belarus, Republic of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, Republic of Moldova, Russian Federation, Republic of Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Republic of Uzbekistan, Ukraine; associate members of the Council - heads of the railway administrations of Georgia, Republic of Latvia and Republic of Finland; in accordance with the Statute of the Council - heads of the railway administrations of the Republic of Lithuania and the Republic of Estonia and the Chairman of the Board of Directors; Council observers - representatives of the Railway of the Islamic Republic of Iran and the International Confederation of Railway Workers’ Unions; representatives of international organisations - CIS Executive Committee, OSJD Committee and UIC Secretariat, as well as the media.
The meeting was attended by the representatives, as invited guests, of the railway administrations of Mongolia and the Republic of Turkey.
Oleg Belozyorov, Chairman of the Council, General Director - Chairman of the Management Board of the RZD OJSC and Vladimir Morozov, Co-Chairman of the Council, Head of the Byelorussian Railway, co-chaired the meeting.
Addressing the participants of the meeting, Deputy Prime Minister of the Republic of Belarus Vladimir Kukharev noted that the government of the country pays considerable attention to the integration of railway transport into the international transport system, the implementation of large-scale infrastructure projects, and the development of the transport and logistics complex. At the state level, a number of programmes have been adopted and are being implemented. “With the support of the Government, railway engineering is actively developing in the Republic of Belarus. Belarusian enterprises have launched the production of freight and passenger rolling stock, as well as modern electric multiple-unit rolling stock that meets all the requirements of reliability and safety. Thus, the Republic of Belarus has become a full-fledged platform for the production of railway equipment and products for the ‘1520-space’ market.
Vladimir Kukharev emphasized that the rapid development of technologies and integration processes in the global economy pose new challenges relating to the preservation and strengthening of the common transport space, improvement and implementation of new technologies and progressive forms of organisation of the railway complex, elaboration of integrated approaches to modernization of the railway infrastructure and the necessity to ensure conditions for long-term sustainable growth. To tackle those objectives means moving along the path of innovative development, increasing the competitiveness of railway transport and saving resources.
The Deputy Prime Minister expressed his confidence that the 71st Council’s meeting will provide for the development of new approaches to solve urgent problems, preserve the unity of the railways’ operational activities in the 1520 space and strengthen economic ties between the states.
In his speech, Chairman of the Council, General Director and Chairman of the Management Board of the RZD OJSC Oleg Belozyorov noted the important role of the Byelorussian Railway (BC) in the development of EuroAsian transport links. Today, BC is a well-developed transport system with an operational length of 5.5 thousand km being at the crossroads of the main transport routes connecting Europe and Asia, North and South. The main train flow between China and Europe passes through the Byelorussian railway network.
“The Byelorussian Railway is the most important partner for all Council members in the development of Euro-Asian transport links, the importance of which is growing,” said Oleg Belozyorov. In this regard, he added, it is especially pleasant to welcome the representatives of the railways of Mongolia and Turkey participating in the Council’s meeting for the first time. “During the Council’s meeting the colleagues will draw up a complete picture of the importance of its work and will consider the issue of full-scale participation in its activities.”
The Chairman of the Council also summed up the results of the railways activities over the past period, noting some promising issues of multilateral cooperation.
“Over the eight months of 2019, the passenger traffic in international traffic decreased by 5.5% and amounted to 12.4 million people.” And one of the key indicators in this context Oleg Belozyorov mentioned a decrease in the number of branded trains and branded groups of wagons. One of the reasons for this reduction, in addition to the cost of tickets and travel time, is the wear out and aging of the fleet of passenger rolling stock.
Oleg Belozyorov cited the Finnish Rail-ways as an example of a very true “fight-for- passenger” strategy, which in the coming years intends to invest a quarter of a billion euros in updating passenger coaches, which, among other things, can significantly reduce the travel time. The Finnish initiative to increase the number of mobile-communications transmitting stations along the railway lines is also very correct, which will allow new generations of passengers who cannot imagine life without the Internet to travel with even greater comfort.
And of course, it is important to constantly search for new directions for passenger transportation. In this regard, the passenger transport project between Baku (Azerbaijan) and Ankara (Turkey) is of great interest, the implementation of which is planned in the near future.
In the field of freight traffic, substantial growth was observed in container transport. Over the nine months of 2019, its volume increased by 14.3%, and compared to the plan - by 8.3%. “We have this result, inter alia, due to the systematic work to diversify routes, apply new technologies, harmonize legal conditions, and reduce transit time.”
Oleg Belozyorov drew particular attention to the organisation of a new intermodal container transit service from Asia to Europe with a maritime and railway component involved, which is included in the standard Maersk global network under the “Asia-Europe-19” code.
The goods from Korea and Japan (mainly electronics and components thereto) are dispatched by sea to the Russian port of Vostochny, then follow the TransSiberian Railway to the terminal in St. Petersburg, and from there they are delivered by Maersk ships to Gdansk (Poland). The total transit time averages 18 days, of which 9 days - by rail.
“Obviously, there is enormous potential for attracting international transit to the transportation network of the ‘1520 space’. And here we will not get away from the topic of international transport corridors (ITC),” emphasized the Chairman of the Council.
The most important priority in this field for the Council, Oleg Belozyorov named its practical daily work to ensure the functioning of corridors passing through the territory of member countries, which requires constant rethinking of the approaches used, attention to the competitive environment (alternative modes of transport), and active use of the railway’s traditional advantages (environmental friendliness, delivery speed), as well as new technological capabilities (digitalization). Proceeding from this, the task of increasing the competitiveness of ITCs is to work effectively in such key areas as the development of logistics, digitalization and facilitating the customer-oriented approach.
Concluding his speech, Oleg Belozyorov invited the representatives of all railways to take part in the “PRO//Motion.1520” forum in Sochi (28-30 October 2019) and in the International Railway Congress 2020 in Vienna (26-27 March 2020).
According to the Head of the Byelorussian Railway Vladimir Morozov, BC is ready to increase the volume of container traffic. “Since 2011, container train traffic has increased more than 100 times. Today, container trains run through the Byelorussian Railway on a regular basis, connected with both Chinese projects and car manufacturers from Europe in the Russian Federation. On average, about 10 to 14 container trains pass through the territory of the Republic of Belarus dayly. In the total amount of work this is only 5%. We are ready to double and triple these volumes,” Vladimir Morozov added.
In April this year, the border crossing point of Vysoko-Litovsk (Belarus) - Czeremcha (Poland) has been opened on the Byelorussian-Polish border. The processing capacity of the container terminal at the Brest-Northern station has been also increased by one and a half times this year, which has made it possible to ensure the container transit time on the Byelorussian Railway of less than 12 hours.
At the present stage, the Byelorussian Railway seeks to simplify and speed up the passage of transit goods through the country’s territory as much as possible. Customs and border procedures are being improved, software is being introduced to generate an electronic carriage document and conduct electronic data exchange between the railways of Belarus, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Russia and Ukraine.
In the course of the 71st meeting of the Council, a number of issues were considered, most of which are also of significant interest to OSJD. In particular, the results were summed up in the following areas:
- work of the passenger complex in international traffic for the eight months of 2019;
- development of train schedule, a plan for the formation of freight trains and a plan for the formation of wagons with containers in international traffic for 2019/2020;
- numbered census of freight wagons conducted in May 2019.
By the decision of the 71st meeting of the Council the Railway Administration of the Islamic Republic of Iran was granted the status of an associate member of the Council.
The issues of the tariff policy of railways for the transportation of goods in international traffic for the 2020 freight year were also considered.
At the invitation of the Head of State Unitary Enterprise “Rohi Ohani Tojikiston” (Tajik Railway), the 72nd meeting of the Council for Railway Transport of the Commonwealth Member States is planned to be held in May 2020 in the Republic of Tajikistan.
A Memorandum of Cooperation between OSJD and CSZT is planned to be signed in the near future in order to strengthen the collaboration between the two organisations.
Meeting of the heads of AZD CJSC and RZD JSC in Moscow
(according to the press service of RZD JSC)
A working meeting of Cavid Qurbanov, Chairman of Azerbaijani Railways CJSC, and Oleg Belozyerov, President of the Russian Railways took place in Moscow on 8 December 2016.
The issues discussed during the meeting were focused on the development of the North – South international transport corridor (ITC), including cargo base of the route and the project of the railway line construction from Astara (Azerbaijan) to Rasht (Islamic Republic of Iran).
Oleg Belozyerov pointed out that the development of North – South international transport corridor has been actively progressing and that the RZD JSC is ready to improve the tariff policy on this route in order to set up competitive conditions for the transportation, in particular, to consider the possibility of goods carriage by the end-to-end rates.
The pilot trial multimodal shipment of containers took place in September along the North – South corridor route from India to Russia through Iran and Azerbaijan. This is the route where further container goods transportation is planned to be organised in the future on a regular basis.
During the meeting the parties also discussed some possible additional joint efforts towards increasing the attractiveness of the passenger traffic between the two countries.
Meeting of the Representatives of China, Mongolia and Russia to discuss cooperation in the field of railway transport
From 9 till 10 April 2015 the capital of Mongolia, Ulan Bator, welcomed the representatives of China, Mongolia and Russia who met to discuss further cooperation in the field of railway transport. The delegations were headed respectively by Deputy Head of PRC State Department for Railways Fu Xuanyi, Vice-Minister for Roads and Transportation of Mongolia H. Yerzhan and Deputy Minister of Transport of the Russian Federation A. Tsydenov.
The Parties exchanged opinions concerning cooperation between the three countries in the field of railway transport, and reached full unanimity. It was noted that the Parties support and will develop rail transit transportation, increase in transportation volumes on the existing railway lines, study a possibility to found a tripartite joint transport and logistics company, take measures to regularly develop and increase the capacity on railway lines in the direction of Ulan-Ude -Naushki - Sukhe Bator - Zamyn Uud - Erlian - Jining.
The Parties also supported the development of full cooperation between educational institutions in road and transport areas, organisation of experience exchange, preparation, professional development and retraining of teachers and personnel, as well as the intensification of collaboration in scientific and research area.
Participants of the meeting emphasised that by maintaining the format and 'platform' of such kind of a meeting it will be possible to tackle promptly the challenges of railway transit traffic development, which finally will help to work out the decisions corresponding to the interests of the three countries.
Following the results of the meeting a protocol was signed.
Russian Railways and Vietnam Railway sign an agreement
As part of Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev's official visit to the Socialist Republic of Vietnam, an agreement on cooperation between Russian Railways and the Vietnamese Railway State Company was signed in Hanoi on 7 April 2015.
On the Russian side, the agreement was signed by First Vice-President of Russian Railways Vadim Morozov, with General Director of Vietnam Railways Vu Ta Tung signing for the Vietnamese side.
The agreement provides for cooperation in several areas: logistics, infrastructure projects, cooperation within international organisations, and the exchange of experience and scientific and technical information.
The construction of a railway line in the south of Vietnam, designed jointly by the An Vien company, Vietnamese Railway, and Russian Railways, and currently under consideration by the Government of Vietnam, may constitute a joint pilot project in the sphere of infrastructure development.
Aus China nach Europa auf einer Spur
Am 31. Oktober 2012 fand der Arbeitsbesuch des Außerordentlichen und Bevollmächtigten Botschafters der Republik Kasachstan in Republik Polen, Eric Utembajew in Sławków statt, wo er sich mit der Arbeit des logistischen Terminals "Euroterminal" bekannt gemacht hat.
Im Verlauf des Besuches hat das Treffen mit den Vertretern der "Euroterminal Sławków» GmbH und „PKP LHS“ GmbH stattgefunden, an der die Präsidenten und die Aktionäre der Gesellschaften, sowie Mitglied des OSShD-Komitees von Republik Kasachstan, die Vorsitzende der OSShD-Kommission für Güterverkehr Zubajda Aspayeva teilnahmen. Die Teilnehmer des Treffens haben die Fragen über die Nutzung des Transitpotentials Kasachstans und Polens und der Organisation in Zukunft des Containerzügeverkehrs aus Kasachstan, China und den Ländern der Mittleren und Südostasiens nach die Länder Europas durch die Containerterminale „Euroterminal Sławków“ und die „PKP LHS“ besprochen.
Die Nutzung dieser Reiseroute wird zulassen, die Zustellung der Gütern mit den Zügen ohne Fahrgestellwechsel und Überlastung an der EU-Grenze tatsächlich bis zu Katowice (Polen), in der unmittelbaren Nähe von Tschechien, der Slowakei, Österreich, Ungarn und Deutschland zu verwirklichen, was die Zeit der Zustellung der Güter wesentlich verkürzten wird und die Attraktivität und die Effektivität des Eisenbahntransports im transkontinentalen Verkehr erhöht.
OSJD – a Winner of the “Gold Chariot” Reward
On 12 September 2012, at the State Kremlin Palace in Moscow,  , a ceremony took place to reward and honour winners of the 7th International Reward for the Transport Sector named as “Golden Chariot” which proved to be the most prestigious and independent expert throughout Russia and abroad in the field of identification and assessment of best enterprises and organizations in the transport sector. The rewarding ceremony was attended by Vice Speaker of Russia’s State Duma (lower Chamber of the Russian Parliament) Valery Yazov, Minister for Transport & Communications of Belarus, Ivan Scherbo, State-of-Secretary and Deputy Minister for Transport of the Russian Federation Sergey Aristov and other official persons. This year Organization for Co-Operation between Railways is among the winners which have obtained a reward in the special nomination “For Strengthening the International Relations” i.e. a statuette in the shape of three horses harnessed abreast and Diploma of Honour.
On behalf of OSJD Committee’s Chairman Tadeusz Szozda, the Reward was received by OSJD Committee’s Secretary Kalman Somodi.
The ceremony in the Kremlin began with one minute’s silence in remembrance of all the victims of Yaroslavl plane crash.
This year companies from different regions of the world have obtained their rewards together with Russian enterprises.
Traditionally, Chairman of Honour of the Reward Presidium, Vice Speaker of State Duma Valery Afanasyevich Yazov and State-of-Secretary and Deputy Minister for Transport of the Russian Federation Sergey Alekseyevich Aristov opened the ceremony.
Further on, the competition winners’ honouring took place. The official part of the ceremony began with the presentation of rewards in the nomination “For Strengthening the International Relations”, representing a new, international status of the Reward. Together with OSJD, the following persons obtained their deserved reward in this nomination:
- Minister for Transport & Communications of Belarus, Scherbo Ivan Ivanovich;
- Minister for Transport of the Republic of Slovenia Minister Patrick Vlacic;
- Minister for Transport, Information Technology and Communications of the Republic of Bulgaria Ivaylo Moskovski.
Further on, the winners received their rewards in the following nominations:
- “For Contribution to Development of Russia’s transport sector”;
- “Top Manager of the Year »;
- “International Nominations:
- “Air Transport Leader”;
- “Transport-Forwarding Branch Leader”;
- “Leader in the Manufacture of the Machinery to Transport Fuel”;
- “Leader in the Navigation Support of the Transport Sector”;
- “Leader in Construction of Projects for Transport Purposes”;
- “Road Branch Leader”;
- “Project of the Year in the Transport Sector”;
- “For Strengthening the International Relations”;
- Main Nominations:
- «Russia’s Maritime Transport Leader”;
- “Russia’s Inland Water Transport Leader”;
- “Russia’s Road Transport Branch Leader”;
- “Russia’s Automobile Transport Leader”;
- “Leader in Construction of Projects for Transport Purposes in Russia”;
- “Transport-Forwarding Branch Leader of Russia”;
- “Leader in Improvement of “Human Factor” Reliability on Transport”;
- “Russia’s Industrial Transport Leader”;
- “Russia’s Air Transport Leader”;
- “Russia’s Railway Transport Leader”;
- “Leader in Investments in the Transport Sector of Russia”;
- “Leader in Transport Science of Russia”;
- Main Nominations:
- “The best Russian Regional Enterprise of Automobile Transport”;
- “The best Russian Regional Enterprise of Public Transport”;
- “The best Russian Regional Enterprise of Railway Transport”;
- “The best Russian Regional Enterprise of Air Transport”;
- “The best Russian Regional Enterprise of Industrial Transport”;
- “The best Russian Regional Enterprise in Construction of Projects for Transport Purposes”;
- “The best Russian Regional Enterprise in Transport-Forwarding Branch”;
- “The best Russian Regional Enterprise in Small and Medium Business”;
- “Popularization of Transport Branch in mass media”;
- “Popularization of Transport Branch”.
After the high-level ceremony in the Kremlin the “Golden Chariot” reward moderators began preparations for a new event with respect to distribution of rewards to the best national and foreign companies engaged in the transport sector – already early in October (on 2 – 4 October) this year – Berlin was planned to host the reward ceremony for the winners of “Golden Chariot” International Public Reward in the transport sector exactly on the opening day of the Global Aviation Forum i.e. on 2 October within the framework of 17th Global Forum on development of air transport, with honouring the best national and international airline companies and airports.
Partners and sponsors play a great part in this project: fastest developing Russian airline company
“Ural Airlines”, international airport “Tolmachevo", company “Maxilog – integrated logistics systems”, OJSC “First Cargo Company” (OSJD’s Affiliated Enterprise), Federal state unitary enterprise “Rosmorport”, companies “Transcontainer” and scientific-production association “Mechanoservice – NKMZ”.
Let us remind you that the first ceremony for the “Golden Chariot” Reward took place in 2004, and two years ago representatives from foreign transport companies began to submit their applications to the Steering Committee. The attention paid to the reward by the transport community of the world did not remain unnoticed. Russia’ Ministry for Transport and State Duma’s Committee on transport made a proposal to change the federal format of the project making it international. The regular meeting of the Reward Presidium which was held late in 2010 unanimously adopted the respective decision.
So, in 2011 the “Golden Chariot” Reward was given second birth, this time it was born as International Public Reward in the transport sector. On the one hand, this outstanding event once again acknowledged the significance of the project, and on the other hand, it placed enormous responsibility on the Steering Committee, Expert Council and Reward Presidium.
Right after the Reward’s status was changed, the leading transport companies from Germany, France, Spain, Brazil and many other countries began to submit their applications to the Steering Committee. Every passing day the number of applications kept growing, and the Steering Committee decided to reward the first winners of the competition. On 11 April 2011, the first rewarding ceremony for the winners of the International Public Reward “Golden Chariot” was held in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, within the framework of the 59th World Congress and Mobility & City Transport Exhibition of the International Association of Public Transport (UITP)”.
OSJD’s rewarding within the framework of this Reward as if sums up the painstaking and purposeful activities of the organization and all its member railways for the 55 year period, marking its enormous contribution to development of the railways, international railway traffic and an increase in competitiveness of the railway transport.
 before1992 – Kremlin Palace of Congresses