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A key communication platform for leaders of the railway business, the Strategic Partnership 1520 (SP1520) provides annual analysis of the railway transport performance across the wide gauge area.

The SP1520 seeks to help coordinate polices on railway transport development across the 1520 to secure it is on the cutting-edge of global transportation market.

At the heart of the discussions are the three main pillars of the railway industry: transportation, infrastructure and rolling stock. With over 20 interactive formats annually, the SP is a gateway to focused debates with high-level executives and policy-makers, business leaders, academicians, as well as heads of national railway companies from both 1520 and 1435 gauge systems.

A home to signing ceremonies for multimillion contracts each year, the SP1520 is always in the limelight of media reports, including global railway editions, business radio stations and Russian federal TV-channels.

To ensure the SP is genuinely open-minded and inclusive, an informal Board of Directors teams up closely during the two-day programme to offer an unbiased overview of how effective and forward-looking the debates are to drive change and innovations in the railway sector.

A good balance between debates and entertainment programme is a guarantee for both learning and networking with the right people in the right place.

Focus on Regions

Each year, a wide gauge country plays host to the regional edition of the SP1520 to promote informed debates about railway business in specific regions of the 1520 area, including Central Asia, Caucasus, and Baltic region.

In 2013, the SP1520 is proud to launch a new forum which will concentrate on how to encourage faster and smoother transportation both within and across Central and Eastern Europe. Supported by Belarusian and Russian railway companies, this new SP1520 will be held in President Hotel on 10-11 October 2013.

Transit together with transportation and logistics will be at the heart of the discussions which will bring together Presidents and CEOs of national railway companies of Belarus, Kazakhstan, Russia, and EU nations for blue-skies thinking and brainstorming over the prospects of railway business in CEE.

The discussions will also dwell on what the wide gauge countries are doing to promote better passenger transportation, to set up the United Transport and Logistical Company, and to bolster closer co-operation within the Eurasian Economic Community.