Oleg Belozerov took part in Session of OSJD Managing Directors' Conference
Russian Railways' President Oleg Belozerov took part in the XXXII Session of the
Conference of Managing Directors of the Organisation for Co-Operation between Railways
(OSJD), which was held in the capital of Belarus Minsk on 20 April 2017.
In his address to the Session, Oleg Belozerov noted the importance of cooperation
between the railways of different countries:
"Today, we need to develop more actively the competitive advantages of railways
and introduce innovations based on digital technologies and robotics. Rail transport
should adapt as quickly as possible to the new requirements of global logistics and
ensure the sustainable mobility of people."
According to Oleg Belozyorov, in the 25 years of its existence, the Conference
of Managing Directors has achieved significant success in creating a regulatory and
legal framework and a system of agreements and treaties that allow the unimpeded transport
of goods and passengers throughout the Eurasian space.
Oleg Belozerov emphasised that it was the OSJD that created a multilevel railway
law system, which is still not available in most regions of the world. It fully takes
into account the division of the railway business into infrastructure and operator,
allows the efficient use of rolling stock and ensures the competitiveness of railways
for the carriage of goods over long distances.
The meeting's participants summed up the OSJD's activities in 2016 and made decisions
on a whole range of issues related to the technical, technological, operational and
financial aspects of rail transport.
The meeting also considered the issue of adopting the Convention on Direct International
This document is a most important instrument of legal regulation in railway transport
in Eurasia and covers all issues related to transportation in direct international
railway and rail-ferry services.
In addition, the President of Russian Railways supported the initiative of the
United Transport and Logistics Company to grant it the status of a company affiliated
with the OSJD.
The OSJD is an international intergovernmental organisation established in 1956
which currently brings together 28 countries in Europe and Asia where a single international
law applies on the national railways: Afghanistan, Albania, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bulgaria,
China, Cuba, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Georgia, Hungary, Iran, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan,
Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Mongolia, North Korea, Poland, Romania, Russia, Slovakia,
Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, Uzbekistan and Vietnam.
The OSJD's main objectives are to promote the coordinated development of international
freight and passenger transport in the Eurasian space, improve international transport
law, enhance the competitiveness of transcontinental railways, develop an agreed transport
policy in the field of international rail transport and promote cooperation in the
field of railways, technical and organisational issues.
The OSJD's highest governing body is the OSJD Ministerial Meeting. The governing
body at the railway level is the Conference of Directors General (responsible representatives)
of the railways.
OSJD activities are carried out within the framework of its five commissions on
transport policy, transport law, freight and passenger transport, infrastructure and
rolling stock, as well as two permanent working groups on financial and settlement
issues and on coding and informatics.