On November 22, Minister in charge of Energy and Infrastructure of the Eurasian Economic Commission Arzybek Kozhoshev delivered a welcoming speech at the plenary session of the International Coordinating Council for Trans-Eurasian Transportation (CCTT). He emphasized the significant role and contribution of the International Coordinating Council for Trans-Eurasian Transportation in the development of rail transport and cooperation between railways in the space of the Eurasian Economic Union.
"Railroad workers continue to ensure sustainable global supply chains in difficult economic conditions, which significantly mitigates their negative impact on the economies of our countries," said Arzybek Kozhoshev.
At the same time, according to Oleg Belozerov, Director General of Russian Railways and Chairman of the CCTT, a great deal of negative forecasts in the transport industry regarding the total shortage of containers, the complete closure of borders, the suspension of mutual settlements and so on, did not come true.
The participants of the plenary session discussed in detail the prospects for the development of transport flows in the EAEU. In particular, they discussed trans-Eurasian routes, increasing the competitiveness of rail and multimodal transportation, and improving port infrastructure.
In promoting the development of container transportation in rail and multimodal communications, the importance of expanding services and the geography of routes, in particular, linear container services, introducing logistics solutions for e-commerce goods, as well as simplifying the mechanism for transporting international mail by rail transport, was specifically emphasized.
Arzybek Kozhoshev noted that "a number of strategic plans have been developed in recent years under the auspices of the EEC aimed at combining the efforts of the Commission, state transport authorities, railway administrations, leading international organizations and institutions to address the long-term tasks of improving the efficiency of the EAEU transport complex".
Participation in the event was a continuation of the systematic interaction between the Commission and the International Coordinating Council for Trans-Eurasian Transportation in the framework of the implementation of the provisions of the signed Memorandum of Understanding dated January 18, 2017, as well as the Interaction Plan between the EEC Transport and Infrastructure Department and the CCTT Secretariat for 2021-2022.
Heretofore, a round table dedicated to the state and prospects of cross-border transportation was successfully held at the EEC's venue jointly with the CCTT on November 10, 2022. Particular emphasis was placed on developing proposals for improving the efficiency and stability of supply chains, simplifying border crossings and prospects for the development of cross-border transportation.
The forum featured more than 30 presentations on the most pressing issues of the transport industry. The event was attended by a wide range of representatives of state authorities, leading international organizations in the field of transport and logistics, and the business community.