Dr. Rüdiger Grube, Deutsche Bahn AG
We are delighted that Deutsche Bahn AG is attending the 1520 Strategic Partnership forum in Sochi as an official international partner for the sixth time in a row.
The Black Sea city of Sochi welcomed the world's best winter athletes only a few months ago. The host country, Russia, set a very good stage for the world's largest sporting event. The competition among athletes for the top spot was fair and without incident.
Rail freight transport too must hold its own in the competition with other modes of transport. It too must outdo itself. Cross-border rail transport plays a key role in this. Intermodal concepts and solutions are needed for rail transport to remain a leading mode now and in the future. And in cross-border transport between the 1435 and 1520 gauge regions, this is only possible if railways work together as partners.
I look forward to an enjoyable dialogue and fruitful discussions with all of you.
Dr. Rüdiger Grube
Chairman of the Management Board and CEO
Deutsche Bahn AG