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ODESSA, Ukraine, September 28 (Itar-Tass) — Railway experts, businessmen and politicians from 23 countries are to discuss the development of the world's longest Trans-Siberian Mainline Railway (TransSib) at a two-day session of the Coordinating Council on Trans-Siberian Transportation, opening here on Wednesday.
Participants in this widely representative forum are to discuss ways to raise the efficiency of container transportation between Europe and Asia via TransSib. This subject for discussion is particularly important in the light of the new economic conditions in the world, a Russian delegation member pointed out.
"The agenda also includes an item concerning the harmonization of international procedures for the handling of freight transportation," the delegation member said. Such a matter as innovative technologies in transit container transportation via TransSib will be also touched upon.
"Decisions to be made will serve as a basis for a further development of TransSib and for attraction of new amounts of transit and foreign-trade freight," the Russian delegation official pointed out. He said this year Odessa plays host to the 20th jubilee session of the Council. "The forum is held in the year of the 120th anniversary of the start of the construction of TransSib and the 110th anniversary of the commencement of goods traffic via the mainline railway," the Russian delegation official recalled.