Representatives of the Belarusian Railway will take part in the 68th meeting of the Council for the railway transport of the Commonwealth Member States
The 68th meeting of the Council for the railway transport of the Commonwealth Member States will take place in Bishkek (Kyrgyzstan) in 17—18 of May.
The representatives of the railway management from Azerbaijan, Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Russia, Tadzhikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Ukraine are expected to attend the meeting in Bishkek. The heads of railway administrations of Bulgaria, Georgia, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Finland also take part in the Council's work. The railway administration of the Islamic Republic of Iran and the International Confederation of Trade Unions of Railwaymen and Transport Builders have observer status on the Council. The meeting will chaired by Oleg Belozerov, the Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of OJSC Russian Railways.
Vladimir Morozov, the Head of the Belarusian Railway, is to lead the delegation.
The Council considers and solves operational issues concerning the railways: the joint use and technical maintenance of freight cars and containers, the conditions for the carriage of passengers and goods, the train safety of international services, the development of a system of accounting and mutual settlements for work and services performed, ensuring the technological unity of the railways.
The Belarusian Railway has been working to increase the speed of container trains, to ease custom and border control procedures, develop electronic information exchange with the rail administrations of Belarus, Poland, Ukraine, Lithuania, Latvia and Russia.
Development of infrastructure as part of Pan-European Transport Corridors, rolling stock renewal, customs procedures upgrade, IT adoption, are the priorities for the Belarusian Railway.
The Belarusian Railway has a great potential for increasing the volume of transportation. Special attention is paid to freight container transportation in East—West—East direction. The volume of freight amounted to 12,2 mln tons in 2017 (132,6% to 2016 year) with the participation of the Polish State Railways. In January—April 2018, the Belarusian Railway transported 4233,8 ths tons of freight (130,1% to the same period in 2017).
An important role in container transportation in China—Europe direction played an agreement on cooperation between the rail administrations of seven countries: Belarus, Germany, Poland, Russia, Kazakhstan, Mongolia and China.
The Belarusian Railway has launched container trains through the border checkpoints Bruzgi— Kuznica Białostocka and Svisloch—Siemianowka in China—Europe—China direction in 2017-2018.
In 2017, the Belarusian Railway completed the electrification of the Molodechno—Gudogai—Lithuanian state border railway section. This project became an ultimate stage of the electrification of the Belarusian area of Pan-European Transport Corridor № IX (Homieĺ —Minsk—Vilnius). The electrification of the Žlobin—Kalinkavičy—Barbarou railway section will be completed before the end of 2020.
The Belarusian Railway is ready to provide reliable transport connections between China and European countries, becoming an optimum transport-logistics link for major economic and transport logistics projects.
prepared by the Press Center of BCh
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