One of the compelling ways to enhance freight sustainability is enhancing the role of rail in freight transport. In this regard, digitalization of rail operations and processes can further enhance operational efficiency and ability of rail to integrate seamlessly with other modes of transport thereby supporting measures to increase freight transported by rail.
With this in view, under the United Nations development account projects on Trade and transport connectivity in the age of pandemic and on Enhancing shift towards sustainable freight transport in Asia and Pacific region, ESCAP together with the UIC developed a capacity building activity on accelerating rail digital transformation in the region.
Under this activity e-learning material has been developed for rail digital transformation among railways of the region. The material would be introduced at the workshop and later login details would be shared with the member countries.
Furthermore, under this joint activity with UIC three workshops are being organized with an objective to deepen the understanding of the railway policy makers on ways to harness the potential of rail digitalization in supporting shift towards sustainable freight in the region. The outcomes of the workshop would also feed into the regional strategy on rail digitalization that is being drafted as per the recommendations of the seventh meeting of the working group on the Trans-Asian Railway network.
The details of the workshop are as follows:
2. Joint ESCAP-UIC Capacity Building Workshop on Accelerating Rail Digital Transformation for ASEAN member states 17 October 2022, VIRTUAL