Reliable integrated transport networks are essential to the development of economies and vital to implement the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in Asia and the Pacific. They drive the trade, investment and growth which is especially important for landlocked developing countries. But the challenge is to make them accessible, safe and sustainable. Rail transport is the most environmentally friendly mode of transport and is significant for domestic, exports/imports and transit freight traffic.
In this context, the ESCAP secretariat is implementing a project on “New technologies and digital transformation in support of more resilient and competitive railway operations in North and Central Asia”.
The main objective of the project is to assist participating member States in reducing inefficiencies which impede cross-border railways transport operations, introduce advanced solutions of rail and multimodal transport operations involving railway transport, which could contribute to increase of railways’ share in the international transport of goods. The project also aims at improving resilience of transport networks and operations to disruptive developments in North and Central Asia.
The Expert Meeting on Digital Transformation of Railway and Multimodal Transport in North and Central Asia (2 November) is organized under the project to facilitate discussion among the countries of North and Central Asia on the existing technical and institutional capacity gaps in terms of digital transformation and use of new technologies for enhancing efficiency and resilience of railway/intermodal transport. The meeting will also review a draft study report on digitalization of rail and multimodal transport in the subregion and discuss it findings and recommendations. The text of the draft study report will be made available at this webpage in one month before the meeting.
Should you require additional information on the Expert Meeting (2 November), please contact Mr. Fedor Kormilitsyn at [email protected]
The Expert Meeting will be followed by the Capacity Building Workshop on Accelerating Rail Digital Transformation for countries in North and Central Asia organized jointly by the ESCAP secretariat and International Union of Railways (UIC).
Should you require additional information on the Capacity Building Workshop (3 November), please contact Mr. Sandeep Jain at [email protected]