The UIC Asia-Pacific Freight Corridors Workshop on Interoperability & Standards was organised by UIC in Bangkok, Thailand from 14 – 15 November 2018 with the presence of H.E. Mr Arkhom Termpittayapaisith, Minister of Transport of Thailand and Mr Voravuth Mala, SRT Acting Governor.
Over 70 participants from 16 different countries attended the workshop including Thailand (Minister of Transport, SRT and UNESCAP), Russia (VNIIZhT, Infrastructure Economics Centre (IEC), Eurasian Economic Commission (EEC)), Iran (ECO), Vietnam (VNR), China (CARS), Indonesia (PT. Len Industri/MASKA), Australia (PTV, IRT Monash University, University Central Queensland), Ukraine (FIATA/PLASKE), Korea (KRRI), India (IR), Kazakhstan (KTZ), Azerbaijan (ADY), Malaysia (SPAD, KTMB, CRRC Railway Vehicles), Philippines (PNR, ADB), Japan (RTRI), France (Transdev).
The workshop consisted of the following sessions:
- Interoperability of railway corridors – Experiences and insights
- Seamless train operation best practices – Border crossing facilitation – Technical regulations for regional interoperability
- Digitalisation and innovation to meet customer needs
- Market and business models for longer and faster trains
Chaired by Mr Jean-Pierre Loubinoux, UIC Director General and with the participation of EEU, ECO and UNESCAP, the Round Table on Synergy of strategies of international organisations closed the two-day workshop.
To conclude, the participants agreed on common development of four main issues regarding corridor development and standardisation as well as the development of regional strategy in cooperation with UIC partners:
- Interoperability with three complimentary approaches: legal, technologies, administrative
- Border crossing including specialty of Asian systems as different gauges
- Digitalisation with opportunities of internet of things, block chain based on cybersecurity issues, some risks as well to be taken into account
- Optimisation of Market business models for customers
In terms of synergy of strategies of international organisations, a decision was taken to exchange best practice in the context of operational interoperability and to review how to progress pragmatically the gaps and priorities jointly identified (in partnership with ECO, UNESCAP, EEU).