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Apr 21, 2017

Oleg Belozerov took part in Session of OSJD Managing Directors' Conference

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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 Railway Transport.

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.

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