Russian Railways plans to expand its involvement in infrastructure projects in the
On 4 September 2017, Alexander Misharin, First Vice-President of Russian Railways,
spoke at the session on Economic Connectivity at the BRICS Business Forum now being
held in Xiamen in China.
“In the time since last year's BRICS summit, we have made significant progress
in promoting joint projects in the field of railway transport. This opens up new opportunities
for cooperation. A priority interest is being developed around major projects of an
integrative nature, one of which is the Eurasia project,” said Alexander Misharin.
The first stage of the new high-speed railway will be the construction of the Moscow-Kazan
section, which is currently being designed by a Russian-Chinese consortium.
“The project’s concept lays out a new form of high-speed traffic, focusing
on the transportation not only of passengers, but also of freight,” said the
First Vice President of OJSC Russian Railways.
Speaking of projects in the BRICS countries, Alexander Misharin reminded his audience
that the Company had started to prepare a feasibility study on the modernisation of
the 575-km Nagpur-Secunderabad railway line in India. It is now planned to implement
the modernisation itself.
The First Vice-President of Russian Railways also said
that the possibility of the Holding participating in Brazil’s rail development
programme is being considered and directions for joint work with South Africa are
In addition, Misharin said that one of the priorities for
the development of cooperation between the BRICS member countries was the search for
optimal mechanisms aimed at raising funds to implement infrastructure projects that
require considerable capital.
The First Vice-President also announced that Russian Railways had submitted an
application to the New Development Bank for co-financing for the Moscow-Kazan high-speed
A delegation of OJSC Russian Railways led by the company's President Oleg Belozerov
is also taking part in the BRICS Summit in China.