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Rail Transport issues on agenda of CIS Council meeting

19 October 2018 [15:22] - TODAY.AZ

By Azernews


By Sara Israfilbayova

Azerbaijani delegation, headed by Chairman of Azerbaijan Railways CJSC Javid Gurbanov, took part at the 69th meeting of the Council for Rail Transport of the Commonwealth Member States in Moscow on October 18.

Many issues were discussed at the meeting, including implementation of the decisions of the 68th meeting of the Council and the results of the operational work of the railway network for the first nine months of 2018 and many other issues.

The 68th meeting of the Council for Rail Transport of member states of the Commonwealth of Independent States took place in Bishkek (Kyrgyz Republic) on May 17.

In 2017, railways of the CIS and Baltic countries transported 2002.5 million tons of cargo, which is 55.6 million tons higher than in 2016 ( 3.1 percent), and cargo turnover grew by 6.3 percent.

Cargo transportation in containers increased by 14.1 percent compared to 2016. These positive dynamics was observed in the first quarter of 2018. In this period, 493.1 million tons of cargo were shipped, which is 12.7 million tons higher than the indicator of 2017 (2.6 percent), and cargo turnover grew by 4.7 percent. Shipping of goods in containers increased by 12.6 percent as compared to the same period of 2017.

International passenger transportation in 2017 amounted to 18.6 million passengers, thus showing a decrease of 2.8 percent compared to the previous year.

The Council is an international CIS institution that coordinates rail operation on an international level. The Council was established on 14 February 1992, with its headquarters in Moscow.

The Council for Railway Transport pays particular attention to ensuring the technological unity of the railways.

Every year, the train timetable and the plan for the formation of trains on international routes are developed. Much attention is paid to the technical condition of freight cars.

The Council of Heads of CIS Governments approved the Strategic Development Concept for Rail Transportation of the Commonwealth Member States until 2020 at its meeting in St. Petersburg on 18 October 2011.

The implementation of the Strategic Concept will make it possible systematically and consistently to implement the coordinated development of railway transport in the Commonwealth member states and will promote the seamless integration of railways into the Eurasian transport system.

At the moment, the Council consists of 23 bodies which are in permanent session to consider how to implement Council decisions.

The Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) is free association of sovereign states formed in 1991 by Russia and 11 other republics that were formerly part of the Soviet Union. The CIS’s functions are to coordinate its members’ policies regarding their economies, defense, immigration policies, environmental protection, and law enforcement.

The CIS united Azerbaijan, Armenia, Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Russia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and Ukraine. However, in 2008 Georgia withdrew its membership.

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