27th RAME meeting was held on June 21, 2021 by video conference.
TEHRAN UIC RAME: The 27th UIC Regional Assembly for the Middle East (UIC RAME) was held online on 21 June. Participating members included TCDD and TCDD Taşımacılık A.Ş. (Turkey), RAI (Iran), IRR (Iraq), ARA (Afghanistan), ARC (Jordan), and CFS and SHR (Syria).
The meeting was opened by Mr. Ali İhsan Uygun, Chairman of the Board, Director General of TCDD and Chairman of RAME. His introduction was followed by words of welcome from Mr François Davenne, UIC Director General. Mr. Saeed Rasouli, Iranian Vice-Minister for Roads and Urban Development and Chairman of the Board and President of RAI also welcomed Regional Assembly participants. All three men acknowledged how UIC’s RAME members had successfully continued their work and had remained united in the midst of the COVID-19 crisis. Webinars had proven to be an effective way of working and this format will remain useful in the months to come.
A full report on the activities of the UIC Regional Office in the first half of 2021 was presented by the RAME office. Activities included holding several video conferences, like UIC RAME Webinar on RSF and Research, corridors: A tool to boost international freight, and 1st Webinar on Railway Safety and Level Crossings, collecting the list of 88 UIC main working groups, collecting the report of 140 UIC projects (completed and ongoing) with all details, uploading all documents related to RAME meetings in UIC Extranet, compiling a booklet on effective factors in increasing freight transport in Europe and Asia, updating the map of Middle East Railways (2021), regular updating of UIC RAME website, and regular updating of RAME directory. Required arrangements were made for holding a UIC Webinar on “Railway Trainings – best practices” for RAME members with the collaboration of UIC African Region on 5 July 2021.
Mr. Thierry Béra, UIC Director of Finance, provided a report on the RAME budget and financial issues. Mr. Marc Guigon, UIC Director of Passenger introduced a report on UIC passenger activities and UIC passenger department and all actions done during the COVID-19 pandemic.
An update on the Action Plan 2021-2022 was provided by Mr. Jerzy Wisniewski, UIC Coordinator for the Middle East, together with UIC RAME members, and after that, he informed all participants that he is reaching the time of his re tiredness and Mr. Marc Guigon is going to be the coordinator for the Middle East during the upcoming months.
To conclude, the RAME railways’ Directors General and Presidents (TCDD, RAI, and ARA) provided a report on the projects and achievements of UIC RAME members.
In the end, it was decided to hold the 28th RAME meeting in Istanbul, if possible.