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Transport Week in Moscow

12 December 2011, 17:01 / SeaNews / Rating: 1199

“Transport week”, the most important annual event of the international transport society, concluded in Moscow. Ministry of Transport of the Russian Federation acted as organizer of the event. During “Transport week” over a thousand and a half business representatives participated in discussions of topics on functioning and development of transport complex in Russia and its further integration into the world transport system.

Representatives of nearly 450 mass media covered events that took place in the course of the “Transport week”.

“Transport week” started with a number of events that took place at various grounds.

“Regional conference of ICAO on air safety” became the first conference of such level that is held by Russia under the aegis of ICAO. Its participants reviewed the process of implementation in European and North Atlantic regions of the air safety Declaration that was adopted at the 37th Assembly of ICAO in 2010. Key discussion topics included main aspects and priorities of air safety and working out further actions for the implementation of ICAO’s Declaration.

The sitting of the Board of the Ministry of Transport of the Russian Federation was devoted to enhancement of the training system for specialists in transport complex over the period while Russian education system is being reformed; student self-government in transport educational organisations; forming of the governments decree to educate citizens using the funds from the federal budget and funds of the federal state educational bodies.

After the meeting of the Board, the Minister of Transport of the Russian Federation, Igor Levitin, has awarded the diplomas to the winners of the contest “Young scientists of the transport industry”.  The contest was held for the fourth time, initiated by the Ministry of Transport of the Russian Federation. It is aimed at improving research-and-development initiatives of the young scientists and stimulating creative and innovative activities of the talented young generation, as well as discovering prospective works and talented researchers in the area of transport science.

The main focus of the round table “Environmental protection during the construction of the linear transport infrastructure objects” was set on ecological doctrine of the Russian Federation, basis of the Russian ecology politics for the period until 2030, its aims, methods of its implementation and issues, and also ways of transit to the “green economy” in construction of transport infrastructure objects.

Master-class “Organization of volunteer centres for participation in mass events, using “Sochi-2014” as an example” was devoted to the preparation of “goodwill” squads which will participate in Winter Olympic Games in Sochi on a voluntary basis. 25 thousand people will be engaged in over 20 areas of activity. In Luzhniki the awards were given to the winners of the III Spartakiad for students of transport universities. The awards were given by the Minister of Transport Igor Levitin.

Over 150 representatives from 42 countries in Europe, Asia, America, Australia, and Africa, including representatives of international road organizations, scientists, leading companies working in the areas of projecting, construction, exploitation of roads, specialists in ecology and traffic safety.

International Road congress “Innovations in road infrastructure” was held as part of the “Transport week”.

V Anniversary international forum and the exhibition “Transport of Russia” were the key events of the “Transport week”. The plenary session of the forum “Transport of Russia: ecology and safety” was attended by Sergey Naryshkin, Head of the Presidential Administration, Valentina Matvienko, Chairman of the Council of Federation of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation, Sergey Ivanov, Deputy Prime Minister, Igor Levitin, Minister of Transport, Sergey Sobyanin, Mayor of Moscow, key people from ministries and various departments, representatives of transport business society, industry science, and overseas visitors. 

Sergey Naryshkin highlighted the crucial role that transport complex plays in the country’s life, having also noted that ensuring the safety of its functioning has been of increasing importance. “Government is paying much attention to this subject”, - said the Head of The Presidential Administration. He also stressed importance of technical renovation of the transport fleet.

Sergey Naryshkin read out the greeting telegram from the President of Russia Dmitry Medvedev, addressed to participants of the forum, in which the President pointed out that transport is the industry of economy that has the highest significance for the country and defines its state. Head of the country wished successful work to all participants of the forum.

Having mentioned that transport is the catalyst of the economy’s modernization, Valentina Matveenko assured that the Council of Federation has been and will be doing everything that is required in order to create comfortable legal environment for the transport complex.

In his speech Sergey Ivanov noted that the transport forum is a very significant event. Year on year it attracts more and more of the country’s heads, overseas partners, and potential investors. Deputy Prime Minister highlighted the importance that ecology and safety have for the transport complex; he also mentioned the need to increase control and monitoring activities. “The safety is primary. All the rest is secondary” – he said. Sergey Ivanov pointed out substantial and serious work on implementation of the complex programme enhancing transport safety that is being undertaken by the Ministry of Transport. 

In this speech Sergey Sobyanin stressed the importance of solving safety and environment issues in such a huge megapolis as Moscow. In particular, he described the perspectives for solving transport problems of the capital, mentioning that next year the budget for this purpose will be tripled compared to the current year. Mayor of Moscow evaluated as successful the cooperation between the government of the capital and the Ministry of Transport on settling the key aspects of the city’s transport complex.

Igor Levitin, Minister of Transport, delivered a speech at the plenary session.

The end of the plenary session was followed by the official opening of the exhibition. The symbolic ribbon was cut by Sergey Ivanov and Igor Levitin.

Key differentiating points of the exhibition were not only the number of exponents presenting the latest safety technologies, but also the wide programme that included seminars, round tables, and presentations of the transport projects. Exhibition exponents represented 100 companies – participants of the transport services market.

The forum hosted session on “Modern infrastructure for the global events: facilitating balanced development of transport networks”.

The participants discussed preliminary results and outlined the perspective targets in the area of transport infrastructure construction for the events of global importance that will be taking place in the Russian Federation in the coming years: Summit of APEC, Vladivostok, in 2012, Universiade, Kazan’, in 2013, Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games, Sochi, in 2014, Football World Championship, 13 cities in Russia, in 2018. The following topics were covered:  private investments into sports events, optimal organization of the passenger transportation during the periods of forums and summits, ensuring safety of passengers.

General transport issues were discussed by the specialists and experts at the round table “New mechanisms of Transport strategy realization in Russian Federation for the period until 2030”. The participants of the round table reviewed actualization of the mechanisms for realization of the transport strategy in the Russian Federation over the period until 2030.  The discussion was around key challenges of the economy that need to be addressed by the transport system of the Russian Federation. The brief list of discussed topics includes but is not limited to strategy of the railway transport development, improvement of quality and affordability of air services, transport component of the largest mega-projects, renewed model of roads development.

Forum became an open platform for the industry’s events. Representatives of marine and river transport discussed various important industrial topics at the conference “Water transport – new horizons”, which was attended by the Minister of Transport, Igor Levitin, his Deputy Victor Olersky, and Head of RosMorRechFlot, Alexander Davydenko.

Aviators covered their problems at the conference «Civil aviation and global climate change». Key discussion topic was priorities and steps to be taken in the area of regulating emission of the greenhouse gases by aviation. The following subjects were discussed: the problems of the impact made by the civil aviation on the environment and climate, engineering and introduction of the new avia-ecology developments into the practices of Russian air companies, considering recommendations in the area of environment adopted by the 37th session of the ICAO Assembly.

Review of the aviation issues has been continued at the international conference AirCargoForum. At the conference the specialists have shared their experience in improving cargo transportation, implementation of innovative developments, land service, and discussed other topics of aviation area.

The participants of the conference “Commercial and public transport: state and development perspectives” discussed the methods for stimulating renewal of auto and public transport fleet, the status of implementation of GLONASS system on transport vehicles, ways of optimizing the work of points of weight control and parking areas, development perspectives of light railway transport in big cities of Russia.  

Roll out of the complex programme to ensure passenger safety in transport which apart from other sub-programmes also includes applications for underground and railways, was covered at the conference “Safety of railway transport and underground: challenges and solutions”.

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