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11:00 - Welcoming and opening remarks

Mr. Basil Pietersen, FIATA President

Mr. François Davenne, UIC Director General

11:20 – 11:55 – Session 1: Multimodality as a solution for contemporary Supply Chain Challenges

Speakers will engage in panel discussion on multimodality as a solution to sustainable international, regional and national supply chains, notably through rail transport. They will provide their inputs on useful tools to support multimodality, such as the Negotiable FIATA Multimodal Transport Bill of Lading and the promotion of railway operators in their multimodal activities.

Ms Maria Koidu, DG MOVE, European Commission

Mr. Ivan Petrov, FIATA Senior Vice President

Mr. Eric Lambert, UIC Chairman of the Combined Transport Special Group


12:05 – 12:45 – Session 2: Focus on the key enablers; digitalization, the agile transformation of the logistics industry

Speakers will provide their views of digitalization as a key enabler for multimodality, notably by providing their perspective from their respective point of view, such as from an international organization, from a rail operator, from a freight forwarder and from a shipper.

Mr. Mario Apostolov, UNECE Regional Adviser

Mr. Freek De Witte, DHL Public Affairs Manager

Mr. Frank Andreesen, Covestro Vice President Safety and Advocacy


13:00 – 13:50 – Session 3: Focus on the key enablers; the corridor concept as multimodality’s facilitator in the rail freight sector

Speakers will engage in panel discussion on the development of freight corridors, drawing from the Eurasian corridors to harness the lesson learnt. They will develop on opportunities to improve interconnection challenges in freight corridors and will discuss other international corridors as example of successful multimodal development.

Ms. Sandra Gehenot, UIC Freight Director

Mr. Alexander Mironow, TransContainer Europe Managing Director

Dr. Gerhard Troche, EU Rail Freight Corridor ‘Amber’ Managing Director

Mr. Shankar Shinde, Federation of Freight Forwarders’ Associations in India, Chairman Elect

Mr. Warwick Lord, Cato Ridge Dry Port CEO

13:50 – 14:00 - Closing remarks

Mr. Ivan Petrov, FIATA Senior Vice President

Ms. Sandra Gehenot, UIC Freight Director


Mr. Ole A. Hagen, FIATA Moderator

Mr. Philip Van den bosch, UIC Moderator