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EAEU to form ecosystem of digital transport corridors

EAEU to form ecosystem of digital transport corridors


Digital transport corridors seen as one of top-priority issues on the Digital Agenda of the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) have become the key subject of the XXV International Forum on Information and Communication Technologies “TIBO-2018” in Minsk. According to the Member of the Board – Minister in charge of Internal Markets, Informatization, Information and Communication Technologies of the Eurasian Economic Commission (EEC) Karine Minasyan, cross-sector nature of digital transport system projects requires consolidation of efforts of representatives from very different branches of the economy.

Within the framework of the plenary session “Prospects of Formation of the Single Eurasian Digital Market: Drivers and Barriers” Karine Minasyan stressed the need for interaction of digital initiatives and projects ensuring competitiveness, having returns to scale and enhancing the role of the EAEU countries on the global stage. “Whereas digitalization is a rather new phenomenon, then in order to overcome any potential obstacles the Union countries proposed new approaches for the establishment of inherently barrier-free space: implementation of joint initiatives and projects in the first place based on the public-private partnership, creation of a document on data circulation for the five countries in the aggregate, joint implementation of “Regulatory Sandbox” mechanism, build-up of the common traceability system”, - the EEC Minister stated.

The CEO of Digital Platforms Fund Vladimir Rumyantsev reported on the two approaches to the formation of digital transport platform: one as an element of transport infrastructure enabling centralized control, and the other as an integrator of businesses with inter-organizational cooperation.

The primary focus of the round-table discussion “Eurasian Digital Initiatives and Projects” arranged by the EEC was initiatives related to digital transport corridors as well as formats of their interaction with regard to their cross-sector nature.

“Introduction of digital technologies in transportation, logistics, freight traffic administration and their public administration will enable a significant reduction of “transport leg” and increase in transportation efficiency, – noted the EEC Minister. – Upon conversion into electronic format of public and other services associated with transport services, formation of legally binding electronic supporting documents, in particular, by way of entering into paperless smart contracts, becomes automated”.

The Vice Minister of Information and Communications of the Republic of Kazakhstan Daryn Tuyakov, emphasizing the importance of this subject told about the interconnection between digital transport corridors and cross-border trade, digital industrial cooperation, data circulation, etc.

The Deputy Minister of Telecom and Mass Communications of the Russian Federation Alexey Kozyrev underlined that upon formation of transport corridors ecosystem one should determine efficient cooperation formats as part of the public-private partnership with the participation of businesses and stakeholders.

The EEC project office representative Pavel Tkach told about the implementation of initiatives in the sphere of digital transport corridors within the Commission, which will be embedded into a single ecosystem under a new “digital transport paradigm”. Pavel Tkach invited experts to discuss the Draft SOW for R&D activities on digital transport corridors prepared in the Commission.

The discussion of experts having taken place was contributed by the representatives of businesses and universities from the Union countries.

Thus, Deputy CEO of the Association of International Road Carriers BAMAP Alexander Soloshchev reported on the problems related to the application of electronic supporting documents and proposed ways to solve them.

The CEO of Intelligent Transport Technologies, LLC Alexander Boreyko presented the key projects for digital transport transformation as part of implementation of the Russian “Digital Economy” program.

The CEO of Digital Platforms Fund Vladimir Rumyantsev reported on two approaches to the formation of digital transport platform: one as an element of transport infrastructure enabling centralized control, and the other as an integrator of businesses providing for inter-organizational cooperation.

Yury Poberyi from Novacom Project, LLC presented the “EAEU Digital Transport Corridor” initiative as part of implementation of the Union’s Digital Agenda, which had been already submitted to the Commission for elaboration.

The participants of the round-table discussion talking about conceptual issues of forming-up of comprehensive digital transformation and ecosystem of digital transport corridors acknowledged that the EAEU countries must harmonize approaches in order to lay down interoperability principles upon creation of new transport systems. At the same time, common ontologies, catalogues and standards, single object and subject systems shall be used to avoid new barriers within the cross-border space and to reach the necessary synergetic effects for all the participants of integration processes.