Oleg Belozerov presents programme of activities of Asia-Pacific Regional Assembly
of the UIC in 2017-2018
A meeting of the Asia-Pacific Regional Assembly of the International Union of Railways
(APRA UIC) has been held for the first time under the chairmanship of the President
of Russian Railways Oleg Belozerov.
During 2017-2018, the President of Russian Railways Oleg Belozyorov is the chairman
of the APRA UIC.
At the meeting, which took place in Beijing on 21 June 2017, Belozerov presented
the programme for the Assembly's activities over the next two years to ATRA's participants.
According to Oleg Belozerov, one of the main tasks is to expand the geography of
membership in the organisation.
This can be achieved by implementing joint projects, for example conducting test
trains using the CIM/SMGS consignment note, which unquestionably has an impact on
the competitiveness of rail transport over long distances.
According to Oleg Belozerov, the accession of Chinese Railways from 1 May to the
CIM/SMGS project on container trains running between China and European countries
has already led to an increase in the volume of freight transportation on these routes.
"I propose that we include the railways of Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan in the project
and organise a number of test trains using the CIM/SMGS consignment note. The results
may be truly impressive for all Asian states," said the Chairman of ATRA.
Belozerov also proposed carrying out consultations and negotiations with international
financial institutions, in particular, with the Silk Road Fund, with a view to implementing
joint infrastructure projects.
With regard to other areas of activity, Oleg Belozerov also called for the creation
of a joint concept for heavyweight traffic, testing of high-duty wagons (Russia, Kazakhstan,
China), the development of railway tourism and the organisation of test traffic using
The Asia-Pacific Assembly is one of the six regional assemblies of the UIC.
ATRA ensures the participation of the countries of the region in developing promising
strategies and the tasks of the UIC aimed at strengthening international cooperation
and the effective operation and development of rail transport.
At present, 38 railway companies and transport administrations of countries such
as India, China, the South Korea, Japan, Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia, Pakistan, Mongolia
and Kazakhstan etc. are members of ATRA.
Potential Assembly members are railway companies in Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Singapore,
Thailand and the Philippines.
The Asia-Pacific region UIC region is represented on the UIC's Executive Council,
its highest governing body, by Russian Railways, Indian Railways, the State Corporation
Chinese Railways, National Company Kazakhstan Temir Zholy, the Korean Railroad Corporation
(KORAIL), the East Japan Railway Company (JR EAST) and the Australasian Railway Association