A webinar titled “A tool to boost international freight” was held on October 14, 2020, with the host of UIC and UIC Middle East Regional Office.
TEHRAN UIC RAME: This webinar was held with the presence of International Union of Railways (Freight Departments, Fundamental Values and Sustainable Development), Turkish States Railways (TCDD) (International Relations, Human Relations, Capacity Management, Railway Modernization and Traffic and Station Management), Iranian Railways (RAI) (Deputy of Commerce and Operations & International Affairs Bureau), UIC Middle East Regional Office team, and representatives of the railways of Iraq, Jordan, Hejaz Syria, and TCDD Taşımacılık A.Ş.
In this webinar, topics such as success factors in international rail corridors, improvement of border crossings and reduction of stops at border crossings, how to manage corridors, transcontinental actions of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), promotion of international approaches to support cargo, braking system harmonization, digitalization of customs formalities at border crossings and smooth operation, implementation of transit strategies to support logistics along the corridors were discussed.
After welcoming by UIC, the opening speech was delivered by Deputy of Commerce and Operations of RAI and Deputy Director of International Affairs Bureau of RAI presented a detailed report on international corridors (infrastructure completion, fleet supply, rail connections with neighboring railways (Iraq, Azerbaijan, Afghanistan, Turkey), corridors passing through the region and factors hindering the smooth movement of international traffic).
Other topics addressed were strengthening interregional cooperation, emphasizing the use of railways in the transport sector, the use of public and private sector stakeholders in corridor management, commercialization of corridors through capital attraction, and sufficient attention to the significant parameter of corridor infrastructure and the entrance to the chains of practical solutions after learning the necessary basics and theories.
Mr. Jerzy Wisniewski, UIC Coordinator for the Middle East expressed his gratitude to organizers and all participants in this fruitful webinar on behalf of Mr. François Davenne (UIC Director General) and stated that in the railroad community, the development of freight corridors was considered as a great challenge for our world. “In the framework of the RAME Action Plan for Middle East Railways and interregional cooperation recently emphasized by UIC in response to member requests, this webinar can be a great model for UIC future events and can be the method of increasing the number of participants in the specialized seminars of UIC, as in today's webinar, which was held by the request of the UIC Middle East Regional Office in Tehran, members of the Asia-Pacific Regional Assembly (APRA) were also present. Holding seminars in this way is a great opportunity for all members, so I ask you to participate in events and workshops and most importantly in UIC projects and do not forget that UIC is a Union belonged to you.
In the end, UIC Freight Director welcomed the proposal by RAI concerning more cooperation between UIC Freight Department and Middle East Regional Assembly (RAME) in order to exchange the best practices in the field of freight development in the region.
It is worth mentioning that all presentations during the webinar were collected by UIC Freight Department and will be provided to this office by Middle East Coordinator for the useful benefit of all RAME members.