Welcome Letters

Oleg Belozerov
CEO – Chairman of the Executive Board
of Russian Railways
Andreas Matthä
CEO of ÖBB-Holding AG

Dear participants of the Forum,

We are glad to welcome all of you to the International Rail Business Forum “Strategic Partnership 1520: Central Europe” on behalf of Russian Railways and ÖBB-Holding AG!

Today we all witness a steady cargo carriage increase across Eurasia. Strong growth of cross-border e-trade, active regional economic development in the Asia-Pacific Region and the congestion of the key ports in the Yellow Sea are by no means all the factors that affect the environment and dynamics of rail transit.

Joining efforts of senior managers of national 1520 and 1435 rail companies is the key to boosting the East-West overland route capacity and creation of a modern and high quality transportation product for our clients.

With these factors in mind, at the Forum in Vienna we are going to focus on mechanisms of the East-West corridor capacity enhancement, potential decrease of overland freight costs, prospects for through rates establishment, ways to reduce customs barriers and to intensify 1520 and 1435 interoperability.

We believe that the Forum “Strategic Partnership 1520: Central Europe” will become a significant event for all partner countries seeking qualitative improvement of transit by rail.

We wish all participants of the Forum effective work and open communication.

We’ll be seeing you soon!

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