Caspian & Central Asia Rail 2017 Day 1



Audience to be seated

Javid Gurbanov

Official government welcoming address


Keynote: Development priorities for 2017 and beyond

Reserved for H.E. Ramin Guluzade, Minister, Ministry of Transport, Communications & High Technologies, Azerbaijan

Keynote: Development priorities for 2017 and beyond

Reserved for H.E. Maxim Sokolov, Minister, Ministry of Transport, Russia

Keynote: Development priorities for 2017 and beyond

Reserved for H.E. Abbas Ahmad Akhoundi, Minister, Ministry of Roads & Urban Development, Iran

Keynote: Development priorities for 2017 and beyond

Reserved for H.E. Suresh Prabhu, Minister, Ministry of Railways, India
Javid Gurbanov

Keynote: Shaping the future of innovative, converged and connected railway projects

  •     Addressing infrastructure as the foundation for social mobility and economic resilience
  •     How the North South Transport Corridor will spur future economic activity
  •     Developing the next wave of mega-infrastructure and connected corridors with the ‘Belt and Road’ plan
  •     Achieving long-term competitiveness and shaping the futureReserved for Chairman of Azerbaijan Railways 
Baher El Hifnawi

Keynote interview: Envisioning a reconnected Eurasia

  •     Update on latest transport corridor development activities of TRACECA and The World Bank
  •     Envisioning a reconnected Eurasia and our sustainable world: opportunities, risks and timelines
  •     Promoting regional transport dialogue between Euro-Asian transport links

Keynote: Creating mega trade corridors across the region

  •     Establishing the funding, financing and planning horizon
  •     Investing for positive reform: identifying and prioritising major projects and technologies 
  •     Ensuring financial and commercial viability of projects Enquire now to sponsor this session

Speed networking


Refreshment break

11:20 Streams begin: attendees can visit any of the conferences below




Panel: Regional investment and cooperation as an engine for economic growth and inclusive development

  •     Facilitating open regional policy cooperation, exchange and dialogue
  •     Overview of the Luxembourg Protocol and why it underwrites the Belt and Road initiative
  •     Initiating intergovernmental planning and economic policy coordination
  •     Boosting trade facilitation, job creation, economic stability and poverty reduction
  •     Keeping up dialogue and tracking progress 
  •     How to integrate development strategies

Panel: The age of digitalisation

  •     Importance of forming a digital strategy for rail operators and agencies
  •     Communicating with passengers in the age of mobile apps and social media
  •     Getting your digital communications right
  •     Real-time data and response
  •     Apps, payments, on-board Wi-Fi, smart catering, integrated travel arrangement systems

Regional cooperation on cross-border interoperability

  •     Encouraging regional interoperability of networks and systems
  •     Understanding the role of governments to connect infrastructure plans and technical systems
  •     Establishing policy supporting reduced economic costs of cross-border transport 

Managing cybersecurity risks in rail

  •     Understanding the importance of cybersecurity
  •     How to combat cybersecurity risks
  •     How to build the right OT/ICS cybersecurity program 
  •     Identifying the gap and mitigating the risk

How new investment will increase sustainable economic development

  •     Adopting rail as the fast, reliable, cost-efficient transportation mode
  •     Addressing government and corporate commitment to people-profit-planetEnquire now to sponsor this session

Augmented reality stations

  •     Stations as personalised interactive environments
  •     Advertising and generating experiences
  •     Alternative revenue from augmented reality mixed-use stationsEnquire now to sponsor this session

Project Update roundtables

1.    Iran
Mohammad Montazeri, Deputy Managing Director, Tehran Urban & Suburban Railway Company – TUSRC
2.    Afghanistan 
H.E. Mahmood Baligh, Minister, Ministry of Public Works, Afghanistan
Mohammad Yamma Shams, CEO & DG, Afghanistan Railway Authority
3.    Georgia
David Sadradze, Project Coordinator, Georgian Railway, Georgia
Bekar Ioseliani, Head of Budgeting & Budget Accounting, Georgian Railways, Georgia
4.    India
Saibaba Ankala, Chief Engineer, Indian Railways
Ajit Kumar Mishra, Chief Project Manager, Dedicated Freight Corridor Corporation of India
Gaurav Agarwal, Director of Corporate Coordination, Ministry of Railways, India
5.    Azerbaijan
Mircea Ciopraga, Secretary General, Intergovernmental Commission (IGC) TRACECA
6.    Kazakhstan
 Karl Gheysen, CEO, Khorgos Gateway, Kazakhstan
7.    Oman
Konstantinos Tzanakakis, Senior Railway & Transport Expert, Ministry of Transport & Communications, Oman
8.    Kyrgyzstan
Kanat Abdykerimov, Director - Railway Design & Construction, Kyrgyzstan Railway Authority

Rail innovation roundtables

1.    The Australia-China Belt & Road initiative
Jean Dong, CEO, Australia-China Belt & Road Initiative, Australia

2.    Renewable energy in high speed rail 
3.    Implementing a rolling stock maintenance strategy
4.    Analysis of high speed rail vibrations
5.    Railway dynamics: modelling and simulation
6.    Attracting skills and experience for a reformed rail market
7.    Performance monitoring and measurement tools in rail
8.    Targets and accountability: defining roles and responsibilities
9.    Cultural considerations of regional cooperation 

Networking lunch




The Luxembourg Protocol: revolutionary rolling stock financing for interregional efficiency

  •     Introducing a new global unique and permanent numbering and tracking system for rolling stock (URVIS)
  •     Overview of current status of Luxembourg Protocol and countries adopting the treaty
  •     Facilitating and engaging financing from the private sector

Panel: Funding and financing models for project success

  •     Assessing mechanisms: service or asset-related; public; public and private 
  •     How to select an effective funding and financing model for your rail project
  •     Defining stakeholder accountability and responsibility
  •     Understanding investor and stakeholder interests to inform project management decisions

Kyrgyz Republic case study: developing transport corridors through public private partnerships

  •     Assessment of current PPP climate in the Kyrgyz Republic
  •     Facilitating mega rail construction projects through PPPs
  •     Opportunities and challenges in developing the China-Kyrgyzstan-Uzbekistan transport corridor

Case study: smart mobility in metropolitan cities

  •     Surviving and developing as a smart rail operator in highly competitive markets
  •     The power of technology for safe and efficient city living and mobility
  •     How big data has revolutionised smart travel

Hedge funds and alternative funding and financing models in rail

  •     Overview of alternative funding & financing models
  •     Understanding the role of hedge funds in raising capital for rail investment
  •     Implementing a land value capture model
  •     What can we learn from global alternative financing models? 
  •     Understanding legislative and policy issues 

The Internet of Trains

  •     How to integrate ubiquitous connectivity and the ‘Internet of Trains’ into rail systems
  •     Applications of connected devices and sensors in transit
  •     Integrating an intelligent management system to control your ‘Internet of Trains’ network

The ‘rail plus property’ model

  •     The new self-financing model for rail operators
  •     How to create a property and rental strategy
  •     Identifying opportunities for real-estate developers
  •     Understanding local land development rights and relationships with governmentsEnquire now to sponsor this session

Big data and intelligent rail

  •     Collecting, storing and analysing data to monitor assets and rolling stock
  •     How to optimise your transport infrastructure
  •     Understanding future possibilities for railway infrastructure systemsEnquire now to sponsor this session




London Overground case study: 10 years of smart mobility

  •     The story of expansion and smart mobility over 10 years in London
  •     Overview of biggest challenges and how we overcame them
  •     Managing safety, freight and passenger expansion, and new facilities and terminals in the UK and beyond

Iran case study: Developing large-scale urban infrastructure networks

  •     Masterplans and projects 
  •     Future expansions and urban transit innovations
  •     Shared networks and interoperability 
  •     Managing disruption in urban environments

Automated, driverless freight rail

  •     Automating heavy haul, intermodal and freight rail
  •     Infrastructure requirements for pit to port automation
  •     How to integrate driverless trains with intermodal networks and connections
  •     Automation in harsh conditions and remote locations 

TODs – the key to sustainable development

  •     Reshaping cities and taking mass out of mass transit
  •     Developing mixed-use residential and commercial areas
  •     Maximising access to public transport with urban design
  •     Planning for urban efficiency, intermodal interoperability and city competitiveness 
  •     Examples of transit oriented liveable cities

Technologies to increase freight capacity

  •     Implementing strategies to ensure first class freight operations Adopting digital tools and technologies to unlock capacity
  •     Unlocking productive freight rail with the capacity revolutionEnquire now to sponsor this session

Innovations in urban rolling stock

  •     How to increase ridership with the latest rolling stock models 
  •     Digital trends and innovations
  •     Designing a unique passenger experienceEnquire now to sponsor this session

Networking break



Keynote: Towards an innovative, sustainable and interoperable cross border rail network

  •     Transforming the region – the North South Transport Corridor master plan
  •     Project update on what has been achieved so far 
  •     Analysing the main barriers for project developmentEnquire now to sponsor this session
Panel discussion

Keynote panel: Creating integrated railway corridors

  •     Building a unified customs coordination mechanism for efficient international freight movement
  •     Cross border regulation: how to implement a common system
  •     Lessons from the EU model
  •     Developing new logistics hubs, free trade zones, industrial parks and manufacturing clusters
  •     Considerations in designing, introducing and regulating federal systems 

Close of day one

last published: 10/Jul/17 05:05 GMT




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