SINOTRANS & CSC Holds the Second Meeting of FIATA/UIC Railway Extended Working Group
Date: 2016-05-16 Visits:

Zhao Huxiang Granted the “Golden Chariot International Transport” Award

On May 12, the second meeting of FIATA/UIC railway extended working group was convened in Shenzhen. The meeting was sponsored by FIATA and UIC and undertaken by SINOTRANS&CSC HOLDINGS CO., LTD. (SINOTRANS & CSC). Zhao Huxiang, president of FIATA and general manager of SINOTRANS & CSC, attended the meeting and delivered a speech at the opening ceremony.

 

In his speech, Zhao Huxiang extended warm welcome to all guests present at the meeting. These guests came from associations and enterprises related to international freight forwarding and logistics industry, railway transport enterprises, European Union and U.N. Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP). Zhao also wished the meeting be crowned with success.

The ceremony of presenting “Golden Chariot International Transport Award” was also held at the opening ceremony. The winner of the award is selected by international organizations such as FIATA, UIC, OSJD, and IRU, with the purpose of rewarding the entity or individual making outstanding contributions to international transport industry. With his brilliant contributions to international traffic and transport industry, Zhao Huxiang was granted the “Golden Chariot International Transport Award.”

 

Themed with “Opening the railway thoroughfares connecting Europe and China”, the meeting invited 17 guests to give speeches. These guests came from Development Research Center of the People’s Government of Guangdong Province, China Railway, OSJD, European Union, AIIB, and corporate groups. They introduced the present development of the railways connecting China and Europe and the problems encountered in such development, and discussed mainly the operation of the trains running between China and Europe, the infrastructure construction of the railways, the streamlining of the procedures for trains to cross national boundaries, facilitation of trade, and the commodities for return trains, which are all topics of universal concern in the transport industry.

 

 

The meeting gathered more than 90 representatives from more than 20 countries and regions, including Europe, Central Asia, South-east Asia, South Asia, the Chinese mainland and Hong Kong. After the conclusion of the meeting, the attendees to the meeting visited Guangdong international railway logistics base.

 

Established in 1926 and with its headquarters based in Zurich, Switzerland, FIATA is currently the world’s largest non-intergovernmental and non-profit international organization in the field of transport. Acting as the spokesman for global freight forwarding and logistics industry among the main intergovernmental and non-intergovernmental international organizations such as the United Nations and the World Bank, it plays a decisive role in protecting and improving the interests of international freight forwarding industry worldwide. By the end of March 2016, FIATA had a total of 105 association members and more than 5,400 corporate members from around the world, representing more than 10 million people engaged in this industry worldwide. Zhao Huxiang, president of SINOTRANS & CSC and president of China International Freight Forwarders Association, was successfully elected the president of FIATA in September 2015, becoming the first Chinese president of FIATA since its establishment 90 years ago.  

As one of its work focuses is promoting the development of railway freight forwarding industry, FIATA establishes a special railway working group under its multimodal through transport commission. The working group is responsible for making research into the hot issues related to practice and operation of railway freight forwarding industry, providing consultation and opinions to the formulation of industrial policies, and informing its members of the latest development in legislation concerning international railway transport. Under the leadership of Ivan Petrov, the railway work group under FIATA has been focusing on strengthening its cooperation with UIC, OSJD and other international organizations in recent years to jointly promote the development of railway freight through holding business seminars and commercial communication meetings. The meeting of FIATA/UIC railway extended working group is one of the activities organized by the partners of FIATA.  

The fact that Shenzhen in Guangdong Province was selected as the place for holding the meeting showed that the international railway transport industry attaches importance to the efforts of Guangdong Province to get involved in the construction of the “One Belt, One Road Initiative” and to promote the development of international railway through transport. The People’s Government of Guangdong Province, SINOTRANS & CSC, and countries along the routes of the “One Belt, One Road Initiative” have all made unremitting efforts and trials ever since Xi Jinping, president of the People’s Republic of China, put forward the strategic concepts of “Silk Road Economic Belt” and “Maritime Silk Road.” The Initiative is a great strategic concept proposed by the new Chinese government which is dedicated to building a community of shared interests, a community of shared future and a community of shared responsibility between China and Asian and European countries along the routes of “Belt and Road.” Such a concept satisfies the common requirements of the countries along the routes, and creates a window of new opportunities for these countries to complement each other’s advantages and to open further to the outside world and develop further. The focuses in the construction of the “One Belt, One Road Initiative” are to step up policy consultation, to improve road connections, to promote unimpeded trade, to enhance monetary circulation and to increase understanding between peoples of the countries along the routes of the “One Belt, One Road Initiative”. Logistics provides a guarantee for unimpeded trade and road connections, and the acceleration of the construction in the above-mentioned five aspects will bring hard-to-get opportunities to logistics enterprises along the routes of the “One Belt, One Road Initiative”.

In his keynote speech, Wang Yiyang, director of Development Research Center of the People’s Government of Guangdong Province, mentioned that as an important point of departure for the “Maritime Silk Road”, Guangdong is aimed to position itself as a strategic hub, an economic cooperation center and an important engine for the “One Belt, One Road Initiative”, with the focus put on the interconnectivity between China and the countries along the routes of the Initiative. The stable operation of “Guangdong-Singapore-Europe” and “Guangdong – Manzhouli – Russia” international railways, the opening of new transport thoroughfares such as the container train running from Shilong to Yantian and the “China – Korea Express” (a container train running from Shilong to Jiaozhou Peninsula), and the planning and construction of China-Russia Trade and Industry Park, are all endeavors which will build Guangdong into an important hub of international railway through transport.

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