Mainline & Rail Freight


Mainline & Rail Freight (Theatre 3), Tuesday 21 March 2017

Opening Keynote Session: Rail Leadership & New Digital Paradigms


Organiser's Welcome Remarks

Mr Lincoln Leong

Keynote Interviews

Join us for a series of exclusive interviews, where leaders of major rail operators share their plans to manage increasing passenger capacity and operational demands. Hear their thoughts on what the major game changers in the next few years will be and what they are doing to keep up with the competition.

Interviewer: Colin Stewart, Global Rail Leader, Arup

08:55 – 09:10: Interview with Lincoln Leong, CEO, MTR Corporation

09:10 – 09:25: Interview with Desmond Kuek, President & Group CEO, SMRT Corporation

09:25 – 09:40: Interview with Azmi Abdul Aziz, President & Group CEO, Prasarana Malaysia Berhad

Mr Colin Stewart

Rail Leaders’ Panel

Following their interviews, our rail leaders will be joined by other special guests to explore the big issues affecting rail operators throughout Asia and beyond. Issues for discussion include:

•    How can we balance the pressure to increase passenger capacity with cost constraints?
•    How can we overcome funding challenges for new projects and project upgrades? What potential is there in increased use of PPPs and the capital markets?
•    With assets working harder and longer, what are the big picture asset management issues that we need to be aware of?
•    What are the real disruptive forces in the rail industry?
•    What’s the number one priority issue in your operator boardroom right now?
Mr Colin Stewart

The Digital Railway of the Future

The rail industry isn’t traditionally known for being a first-adopter or quick to adapt to new trends and market conditions, but in the digital future, that needs to change. Join us for this exciting keynote session as we explore what the digital railway of the future will look like, from both operator & passenger perspective. We’lll consider the impact of emerging technologies such as IoT and artificial intelligence, imagine the physical train of the future and its journey times, and also how the traditional station could change to become a connected lifestyle hub for both business and leisure.

Exhibition, Networking & Refreshments

Mr Ian Whitton
Mainline & Rail Freight (Theatre 3)


High-Speed Rail Projects

Mr Tonny Yeap
Mainline & Rail Freight (Theatre 3)

A 2026 target: Singapore-Malaysia High Speed Rail moves forward

•    From MOU towards bilateral agreement: Current project development status
•    Key considerations in selecting a tendering model that suits the operating environments and expectations of both countries
•    Tender timeline: What opportunities for collaboration are we expecting?

Mr Lee Min Seok Lee
Mainline & Rail Freight (Theatre 3)

Growing Korea’s High Speed Rail Network

•    What is the vision of high speed rail network in Korea? 
•    How has KTX service increase the railway demand?
•    How has the paradigm shift for green public transport impact rail investment? 
Mr Mukul Jain
Mainline & Rail Freight (Theatre 3)

Mumbai-Ahmedabad High Speed Railway Corridor

•    Challenges in planning and constructing India’s first HSR project and lessons learned so far
•    What are the technical challenges involved in constructing a 21km undersea tunnel?
•    Key project timelines
•    Opportunities for collaboration
Voravuth Mala
Mainline & Rail Freight (Theatre 3)

Thailand’s High Speed Rail ambitions

•    Plans for 165km Bangkok-Hua Hin high speed rail 
•    International collaboration: Establishing rail links to neighbouring countries 
•    Project timelines and collaboration opportunities


Networking Lunch & Exhibition Visit

Mr Ian Whitton
Mainline & Rail Freight (Theatre 3)


Rail Freight

Panel discussion
Mainline & Rail Freight (Theatre 3)

One Belt, One Road Stakeholder Panel: Construction Progress, Future Plans & Challenges

•    Managing risk: Meeting the challenge of uniting 60 countries behind a common goal
•    Financing OBOR: Meeting the challenge of combining money from Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, the Silk Road Fund, other multilaterals, private sector financing and other methods for this multi-trillion dollar project
•    Practical challenges: Overcoming differences in rail gauge across Eurasia & different rail infrastructure standards 
•    Creating incentives: Will we see other constituent countries of OBOR creating incentives like China is doing within its cities?
•    What next?
Mr Sota Ouk
Mainline & Rail Freight (Theatre 3)

Cambodia’s rail modernization journey

  • What plans have been identified to upgrade Cambodia’s rail infrastructure to cope with increasing freight demand?
  • How will such upgrades be financed?
  • What are the challenges involved?
Hermanto Dwiatmoko
Mainline & Rail Freight (Theatre 3)

Insights into the Trans Sulawesi Railway

•    Building a 1600km track network on the island of Sulawesi  
•    Providing a modern rail service for freight and passenger by 2019
•    Opportunities for business collaboration
Mr Luvsandagva Purevbaatar
Mainline & Rail Freight (Theatre 3)

Modernising Ulaanbataar Railway

•    What are the mega projects in process to upgrade Ulaanbataar Railways? 
•    Moderning rail infrastructure to cope with increasing passenger and freight volume
•    Project timelines and milestones 

*This session will be presented in Mongolian with English translation. Slides will be shown in English

Exhibition, Networking & Refreshments

Roundtable Discussion Session

Now’s your chance to get really interactive! Simply pick a table and join the debate. Each roundtable discussion group will focus on an issue affecting rail operations in Asia Pacific. Spend time with your peers debating the challenge and perhaps you’ll find a solution together.
Mr Jochen Apel

.NOKIA COMMUNICATIONS WORKSHOP (Held in Signalling & Communications theatre)

Network Transformation Railways

In this joint workshop session with Nokia and our partner CommTel Network Solutions, you will learn about the railway industry challenges, Nokia end-to-end mission-critical railway solutions and how we will transform VicTrack’s mission-critical railway communications network in Australia. Thanks to this transformation, VicTrack communication systems will be able to support a variety of railway services to ensure better safety and reliable operations throughout Australia’s second most populous state.

round tables


Mr William Sabandar, President Director, PT. MRT Jakarta

Modernization of freight wagon rolling stock for improved asset utilization and lower life cycle cost

- Rolling stock modernization goals
- Undercarriage equipment performance to meet challenges of operating conditions
- Equipment maintenance

Closing Keynote Plenary

Mr Morris Cheung

Building operational excellence competency: Supporting knowledge & skills sharing

Rightly so customers are increasingly demanding for better service quality of railway operations not only in normal service but also during service interruption.  Building operational excellence competency and capability is inevitably a top priority task for management.  The presentation will elaborate how MTR develops its operational excellence capability through MTR Academy’s integrated training approach supporting knowledge and skills sharing, and how MTR Academy is going to achieve its mission of developing railway experts and executives with the aim of advancing service and operational excellence of the railway industry worldwide.
Panel discussion

Operations Reliability Panel

Join us for this panel discussion to round out the first day of Asia Pacific Rail 2017, as rail leaders share their strategies and challenges in maintaining high operational reliability standards. Some key issues for debate include:  

•    How can we maintain high reliability standards while managing the growing demand for rail services?
•    How can we ensure service reliability amidst ongoing asset renewal and maintenance?
•    How can IT innovations be harnessed to improve rail reliability and operational performance?
•    How can technology be used to move the industry forward while not undermining the fundamentals of sound railway practice? 

Networking Drinks Reception

Join us for a drink at the end of day one and catch-up with old friends whilst also making lucrative new contacts.
last published: 20/Mar/17 11:07



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