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Welcome!

Maxim Akimow,
Deputy Prime Minister of Russia

On behalf of the Government of the Russian Federation, I greet the participants of the International Railway Congress 2019 “One world. One railway ”…

Hubert Jeneral,
President of the International Railway Congress

As a long standing strategic advisory business working here at the heart of Europe, it became clear to me some time ago…

Norbert Hofer,
Minister of Transport, Innovation and Technology, Austria

With a 21st century silk railroad project, the future of global freight transportation is right upon us. With such a project, sustainable transport…

Oleg Belozerov,
General Director – Chairman of the Board, JSCo «Russian Railways»

On behalf of JSC Russian Railways, I would like to welcome the participants of the International Railway Congress 2019 in Vienna!…

Andreas Matthä,
Chairman, ÖBB-Holding AG

On behalf of ÖBB-Holding AG, I am very pleased to welcome you to this International Railway Congress!…

Viacheslav Valentik,
CEO, RZD Logistics

It is my pleasure to welcome the participants of the International Railway Congress 2019 in Vienna…

Welcome!

Maxim Akimow,
Deputy Prime Minister of Russia

Hubert Jeneral,
President of the International Railway Congress

Norbert Hofer,
Minister of Transport, Innovation and Technology, Austria

On behalf of the Government of the Russian Federation, I greet the participants of the International Railway Congress 2019 “One world. One railway ”…

As a long standing strategic advisory business working here at the heart of Europe, it became clear to me some time ago…

With a 21st century silk railroad project, the future of global freight transportation is right upon us. With such a project, sustainable transport…

Oleg Belozerov,
General Director – Chairman of the Board, JSCo «Russian Railways»

Andreas Matthä,
Chairman, ÖBB-Holding AG

Viacheslav Valentik,
CEO, RZD Logistics

On behalf of JSC Russian Railways, I would like to welcome the participants of the International Railway Congress 2019 in Vienna!…

On behalf of ÖBB-Holding AG, I am very pleased to welcome you to this International Railway Congress!…

It is my pleasure to welcome the participants of the International Railway Congress 2019 in Vienna…

Maxim Akimov
Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation

Dear ladies and gentlemen!

On behalf of the Government of the Russian Federation, I greet the participants of the International Railway Congress 2019 “One world. One railway ”.

Creating a single transport space is one of the priorities for the development of the entire world economy. Strengthening international cooperation, digitization of the transport industry, technological cooperation, attracting investment and the use of “green technologies” are all pressing  issues facing the railways.

Congress is an excellent opportunity to discuss these topics and make balanced collegial decisions.

I am confident that the implementation of joint international projects in the field of railway transport and related industries contributes to the development of the global economy.

I hope that the Congress will become a platform for the exchange of professional experience and the establishment of useful contacts.

There are two busy days of interesting and fruitful discussions ahead.

I wish success to all participants of the Congress!

 

Maxim Akimov,

Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation

Hubert Jeneral
President of the International Railway Congress

Dear Delegates,

Willkommen!

As a long standing strategic advisory business working here at the heart of Europe, it became clear to me some time ago that there was a gap in the many rail conferences to discuss an overall opportunity better to connect ourselves globally across land.

In organising this Congress, I set out to fill this gap because I truly believe that, by better connecting some of the world’s largest economies and economic blocks across long distances by rail, everyone involved will benefit and genuine economic growth will follow as sure as night follows day.

We worked to create a Congress that provides positive impulses for the future of long-distance rail. However, we also set out to provide a platform to discuss better cross border system integration. We were much encouraged as we organised this by authoritative research that foresees convergence towards a global rail system with a maximum degree of interoperability, as well as a global railway supply market.

From this moment on, no railway entity or project should see itself as purely a national enterprise, but instead as part of a global fabric. We all need to loosen traditional industry and political constraints in order to obtain the greatest value for each strand of this global fabric. Short sightedness in both expensive tender processes, and in the offers that it is possible for industry to make, sometimes contribute to holding back enormous economic benefits. In the digital age we want to provide a platform now and, in the future, that addresses this.

It is in that spirit, that it is my great pleasure as lead organiser of this event, to welcome each and every one of you to the very first International Railway Congress with such an ambitious programme to be held here in Vienna.

The International Railway Congress 2019 has turned out to be the largest global business gathering of its kind for senior managers of rail companies and major related industries; for government, for suppliers, for investors and for customers. With senior delegations not only from central Europe and from our own governments, but also from Korea, Arabia, Eurasia and the Far East, including from China, new opportunities over these two days will become clear for everyone present here both to see, and to take with both hands.

This meeting will be part of a series of meetings and Congresses over the next three years. I deeply thank our sponsors for joining us on this journey, as without them nothing would be here. The objective of this, and of future International Railway Congresses, is not only to promote international rail transport and interoperability at a global level, but also to address current and predict future challenges for global rail transportation and its integration.  

As a former leader in the automotive industry that put cars on the roads, I now foresee a golden future for long distance rail. Breaking down geopolitical barriers, we will for two days discuss how we can improve the efficiency of international freight and passenger rail traffic. We will look at the increasing role of digital technologies. We will explore developing the transit potential of neglected existing international transport corridors across the vast land masses that already connect us; and we will do all of this by taking another look at further harmonizing legal and technical regulation of rail transport to make procurement easier. Finally, we will look at how this future can be and is already being financed.

Let us all be ambitious. Let us think over these two days well beyond our borders and our comfort zones. It is fitting the Congress meets in Austria, which has a historic role as a centre of long-distance trading routes, and which now has a chance to return once more to be a bridge, and a gateway to Asia.

We hope this conference will do nothing less than to fill you with enthusiasm for our future. Thank you all for coming and thank you for your support.

Yours very sincerely

Hubert Jeneral

Norbert Hofer
Minister of Transport, Innovation and Technology,
Austria

Dear Delegates,
With a 21st century silk railroad project, the future of global freight transportation is right upon us. With such a project, sustainable transport of goods to and from Asia becomes possible. As this project and vision becomes reality, it will benefit not only the environment, but also enable growth of more efficient trade between the Europe and Asia with immense positive impulses for the European economy while increasing the competitiveness of railways.

As the Austrian Minister for Transport, Innovation and Technology, I am glad that the International Railway Congress is being held in Vienna. The future of rail is closely connected to how our economy evolves. We are acutely aware of this link, and therefore keenly look forward to the outcomes of this important Congress.
We are honoured to be able to welcome so many high-ranking speakers from all over the world to Vienna and to the International Railway Congress 2019 from the 17th to 19th of March.

I am also delighted to welcome Vladimir Tokarev, deputy Minister of Transport of the Russian Federation, and look forward to the discussions between us all. I am confident that all delegates will find this Congress enriching, and that we will all take home renewed enthusiasm to work together for delivering better rail services across the two continents to which we are connected by land.

Yours very sincerely,

Norbert Hofer

Oleg Belozerov
General Director – Chairman of the Board,
JSCo «Russian Railways»

Dear Colleagues,
On behalf of JSC Russian Railways, I would like to welcome the participants of the International Railway Congress 2019 in Vienna!

One of the key trends of the last few years has been the steady growth in freight transportation across the entire Eurasian domain. The pace of economic development, international integration and booming growth in cross-border e-commerce are just a few of the many factors that are influencing the market conditions and trends of the railway transit traffic. Given this, development of international transport corridors and efficient use of the transit potential have become some of the principal strategic objectives of Russian Railways.

I believe that differences in national standards and in railway gauges should not become barriers to a further increase of the East-West railway route capabilities nor to a creation of a cutting-edge transportation product that would be demanded by customers.

I suggest that, as part of the Congress business programme, we focus on searching for systemic solutions to modernizing transportation infrastructure, aligning legal frameworks, reducing transportation costs, fostering cooperation, and honing the competitive edge of railway transportation in general. Particular attention should be paid to international projects that will allow us to significantly cut delivery times for freight shipments to Europe and achieve economic benefits for all the parties involved in the process.

I am confident that the Congress will become an event that is particularly significant for all its partners and participants who are interested in qualitatively improving rail transit.
I hope all the Congress participants will be able to engage in productive work.

I look forward to seeing you at the Congress.
Oleg Belozerov

Ing. Mag. (FH) Andreas Matthä
Chairman, ÖBB-Holding AG

Dear Delegate!

On behalf of ÖBB-Holding AG, I am very pleased to welcome you to this International Railway Congress!

Currently all of us are witnessing steady increases in freight flowing between Europe and Asia. Given projected economic growth, the carriage of people and goods between Europe and Asia by land, sea and air will continue to increase. On rail alone, freight transport is expected to more than quadruple by 2030.

Against this background, numerous initiatives for the development and the expansion of intercontinental trade and infrastructure networks between the People’s Republic of China and the countries of Asia and Europe have now come into being. Connecting those economies, which will use the logistics of the future as a distinct market advantage, will provide positive impulses for an integrated transport link from Asia via Russia to Europe by rail.

This International Railway Congress presents a rare opportunity for international railway experts and decision-makers, drawn from technology providers, suppliers, international railway organizations and government, to share in these projects, to collaborate, to network and to become aware of the huge economic and even ecological opportunities that are unfolding. The event also tunes us for a new awareness for the emerging opportunities in new markets that are generated by the “New Silk Road” project and by the projected connection of Vienna to the vast broad-gauge network.

We wish all delegates and their guests exciting, informative lectures and discussions and open, frank and creative communications with one another.

Yours very sincerely,

Ing. Mag. (FH) Andreas Matthä,
Chairman, ÖBB-Holding AG

Viacheslav Valentik
CEO, RZD Logistics

Dear Delegates,

It is my pleasure to welcome the participants of the International Railway Congress 2019 in Vienna.

We see the high interest to the event from the leading players of transport and logistics market of Russia, Austria and other European countries, many of which are our reliable and kind friends.

I hope that the Congress will help us all to contribute to the improvement of integration in the area of international logistics. It plays crucial role in the development of transport infrastructure, organization of intermodal shipments of cargo through international transport corridors.

Railway has always been a unifying element, which facilitates the development of economic ties between different countries and contributes to their prosperity despite administrative and trade limitations. Today the role of this mode of transportation has not lost its significance and is constantly improving by means of new logistics services. It is contemporary logistics that, in fact, presents one of dimensions of globalization and enhances the development of free mutual exchange between countries’ economies.

I consider the Congress to be a platform for open and effective dialogue about the future of intermodal international shipments. I am also convinced that the high level of delegates’ expertise guarantees the efficiency of forthcoming discussions. We will always decide on the issues to discuss and can always come to an agreement, taking into consideration that we, railwaymen, have so much in common. Even if we speak different languages.

Viacheslav Valentik, CEO, RZD Logistics

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