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EEC and EUTFLO specified directions of bilateral cooperation

EEC and EUTFLO specified directions of bilateral cooperation

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10/21/2019

The Eurasian Union of Transport, Freight Forwarding and Logistics Organizations (EUTFLO) will remain a key partner of the Eurasian Economic Commission (EEC) Transport Unit in identifying problematic issues and obstacles in the sphere of transport, having regard to interests of business and transportation organizations. This agreement was reached at a meeting of the EUTFLO Council in Novorossiysk (Russian Federation), which was attended by the EEC representatives. 

In fact, the EUTFLO is ready not only to accumulate information on problematic situations in all transportation modes (rail and water transport, air traffic and motor transport), but also to develop effective measures to eliminate them, which are then planned to be discussed at the EEC venues. Hence, it can accelerate the solution of systemic problems that negatively affect the process of creating a common transport market. The sides also discussed further interaction between the EEC and EUTFLO in accordance with the Memorandum of Cooperation signed on October 1, 2019. 

"The document creates a legal framework for interaction between two organizations, and our cooperation plans must be very closely linked with implementing transport policies of the Eurasian Union Member States, transit potential and removal of obstacles along the line," Erzhan Nurakhmetov, Director of Transport and Infrastructure Department, pointed out at a meeting of the EUTFLO Board. The first action plan for interaction between two organizations will be formed for one year. It should include some issues on exchanging experience, holding joint consultations, seminars, round tables to develop proposals for implementing transport policy, introducing international experience and best practices, including in preparing draft documents on transport themes. 

In the future, the period of planned work will be synchronized with the three-year period of the "road map" for implementing the transport policy, i. e. for 2021-2023 and subsequent years. As agreed, activities on identifying problematic issues and obstacles affecting transport activities will be mandatory plan items. 

Furthermore, the EEC delegation took part in the EUTFLO round table "Practices, current problems and measures implemented by countries for developing cargo transportation within the framework of the "One Belt – One Road" initiative, where Erzhan Nurakhmetov acquainted the participants with the EEC work on this track. 

"The development of transit potential and logistics is recorded in the Union law as a priority and objective of the transport policy. Therefore, more than a third of the activities of two road maps on implementing transport policy, approved in 2017 by the Heads of Government, are aimed at developing transit and logistics potential. This also applies to the "One Belt, One Road" initiative. Rebranding of the Great Silk road means for us "seamless" transportation, transport intermodality, simplified procedures, developed infrastructure and unified documents and implementation of transport projects of an integration nature," Erzhan Nurakhmetov noted. He also stressed that the work on interacting the "One Belt – One Road" initiative will be synchronized with implementing the Agreement on Trade and Economic Cooperation between the EAEU and China. 

A visiting event was organized by the EUTFLO management in support of the round table theme to acquaint with the activities of the Novorossiysk Commercial Sea Port, whose terminal complexes serve goods traffic heading for international commodity markets, including from the EAEU Member States. 

For reference 

A Memorandum of Cooperation between the Eurasian Economic Commission and the Eurasian Union of Transport, Freight Forwarding and Logistics Organizations was signed on October 1, 2019 in Yerevan by Emil Kaikiev, Member of the Board – EEC Minister in charge of Energy and Infrastructure, and Oleg Khaytarov, EUTFLO President, within the "Transit Potential of the Eurasian Continent" International Forum.​