The SCO delegation led by Secretary-General Rashid Alimov took part in the 11th International Forum dedicated to the development of modern types of transport and transport cooperation, Transport Week-2017, which was held in Moscow on 7-8 December.
A plenary discussion, "Transport and Logistics in Eurasia: New Opportunities", was the main event of the forum, the participants of which discussed the key areas for expanding multilateral transport cooperation in Eurasia, new trends and prospects of the transport industry, its impact on the processes of regional integration and economic cooperation. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov sent his greetings to the plenary session participants.
In his remarks, the SCO Secretary-General outlined the main areas of transport cooperation within the Organisation, and spoke in detail about the SCO's contribution to forming an effective interconnected transport system in the region.
"Transport cooperation is breaking new ground," Rashid Alimov noted. "This is due to the fact that the Eurasian space and the APR are increasingly viewed as one macroregion uniting the world's largest production capacities, centres for raw materials extraction and processing, and large sales markets. In addition, the region boasts the most powerful potential for overland transport. However, most importantly, it is a space of security and long-term stability."
On the topic of advancing transport cooperation within the SCO, Alimov drew the attention of the audience to the SCO Member States Agreement on the Facilitation of International Road Transport, which, he said, "is a unique document." According to UNESCAP experts, the Agreement is opening over 15,000 high-speed highways for transport and related services. It includes Eurasia's longest transport route of over 9,300 km. Moreover, it "creates a good foundation for transport interconnection of maritime and landlocked countries," the SCO Secretary-General noted.
Deputy Foreign Minister of Russia Alexander Pankin, Deputy Chairman of the EEC Collegium Adamkul Zhunusov, Deputy Executive Secretary of ESCAP Hongjoo Hahm, Minister of Transport of Mongolia Bat-Erdene Jadamba, Minister of Transport of Kyrgyzstan Zhamshitbek Kalilov, Deputy Minister of Transport of the People's Republic of China Dai Dongchang, and Minister of Transport of Latvia Uldis Augulis delivered substantive reports during the discussion.
Transport Week is an annual business forum in Russia, which includes a series of national and international events on transport. It has been held for ten years now by the Russian Ministry of Transport with the organisational support of the Business Dialogue сompany for an open discussion of the most important transport issues.
The total number of forum participants exceeds 9,500.
Given its scale and format, the high level of participants, as well as the traditional signing of strategic documents on the sidelines of the forum, Transport Week is deservedly considered one of the most important international industry events.