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Day 1: Monday, November 20th, 2023

12:00 Registration
12:00-13:30 Welcome cocktail

13:30-14:00 Opening and welcome – FIATA and UIC

  • Mr. Çetin Altun, Deputy Director General, TCDD Taşımacılık A.Ş.,
  • Mr. Turgut Erkeskin, President, FIATA
  • Mr. François Davenne, Director General, UIC
  • Mr. Stephan Graber, Director General, FIATA
  • Ms. Ayşem Ulusoy, President, UTIKAD
  • Mr Marc Guigon, Director Passengers services and Coordinator region Middle-East, UIC

14:00-15:30 Session 1: “New opportunities in Eurasian trade from a policy and investment perspectives”

Preliminary discussion points:

  • Recent developments and progress of the Middle and Southern Corridors over the past year, particularly concerning the significant increase in cargo volume;
  • Exploring and discussing the emerging opportunities in Eurasian trade from both policy and investment perspectives;
  • The panel will provide valuable insights into the potential growth and advancement of trade along these key corridors connecting Europe and Asia.

Matthew Bryza, Former White House and Senior State Department Official for Europe and Eurasia

  • Mr. Andrew Losos, Senior Transport Specialist, World Bank
  • Mr. Yaroslav Kholodov, Policy Analyst and Transport Modeller, International Transport Forum (ITF), OECD
  • Mr. Aleksandr Kuzmenko, Head of Legal Department Intergovernmental, Organisation for International Carriage by Rail (OTIF)
  • Mr. Roel Janssens, WP.5 Secretary, UNECE (Committee of Land Transport)
  • Mr. Aziz Aksu, Deputy Director General for EU Affairs and Foreign Relations, Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure of the Republic of Türkiye
  • Mr. Gaidar Abdikerimov, Secretary General, Intergovernmental Organisation for International Carriage by Rail (OTIF)

15:30-16:00 Coffee break

16:00-17:30 Session 2: “Business perspectives on the Middle Corridor - the agile transformation of the logistics industry”

Preliminary discussion points:

  • Insights into the demand for rail freight services within the Middle Corridor and explore effective ways to address operational disruptions;
  • Discussion on how freight forwarders can ensure secure and reliable transportation services from Asia to Europe while meeting ever-increasing customer expectations;
  • The speakers will share the best practices to enable the agile transformation of the logistics industry along the Middle Corridor.

Moderator: Ms. Alona Zhdanova, Board Director, DB Cargo Transasia

  • Mr. Gao Chunming, General Manager, Sinotrans Limited
  • Mr. Murat Seitnepesov, Chairman of the Board, Caspian Sea Container Company
  • Mr. Oktay Aydinoglu, Deputy Head of Department / Freight Department, TCDD Tasimacilik A.S.
  • Mr. Ekin Tirman, UTIKAD
  • Mr Jan Bach, CEO, CFL cargo Deutschland GmbH

17:30-18:00 Conclusions
19:00 Opening dinner (TCDD Fenerbahçe)

Day 2: Tuesday, November 21st, 2023

09:30-11:00 Session 3: “Business perspectives on the Southern Corridor – exploring new multimodal logistics solutions”

Preliminary discussion points:

  • Introduction to the Southern Corridor operations and how to ensure customer satisfaction in this key trade route;
  • The effective approaches to address risks and manage costs associated with transportation via Southern Corridor;
  • Discussion of innovative multimodal logistics solutions to facilitate seamless trade between Europe and Asia via the Southern Corridor;
  • The panel will provide valuable insights into the potential growth and advancement of trade along these key corridors connecting Europe and Asia.

Moderator: Aleksandr Kuzmenko, OTIF

  • Mr. Erol Erkan, General Manager,Pasifik Eurasia Logistic
  • Ms. Afsaneh Nersi, Etihad, Iran
  • Mr. Zahi A. Khalil, director general, Jordan Hejaz Railway Corporation
  • Mr. Alberto Grisone, Hupac Intermodal SA

11:00-11:30 Coffee break

11:30-12:30 World Café style: “How FIATA’s and UIC’s global network bring tangible solutions to business challenges in the region”

Preliminary discussion points:

  • Discussion of digitalisation of transport documents, such as the FIATA bill of lading).
  • FIATA work regarding the UNCITRAL negotiable transport document.
  • UIC projects in the region.

12:30-12:45 Closing

13:00-13:50 Lunch

14:00-16:30 Technical site visit
13:50 Gather at the Meeting point: TCDD Fenerbahçe Training and Recreation Facility

  • Departure for Maltepe Station of MARMARAY
  • Visit to MARMARAY Maltepe Rolling Stock Maintenance Workshop
  • Visit to TCDD MARMARAY Traffic Command Center
  • Travel by MARMARAY trains from Maltepe Station to Feneryolu Station

16.30 Returning to TCDD Fenerbahçe Training and Recreation Facility from MARMARAY Feneryolu Station

Important Notes for the Technical Site Visit:

  • The technical site visit will take around 2.5 hours.
  • Please try to arrive the meeting place on time given the heavy traffic in İstanbul.
  • Due to passenger density, please stay with the group at all times throughout the trip.
  • In case of any problems, please try to remember the station names where to board and off-board.

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