MOSCOW, October 24 (Itar-Tass) — The 7th International Road Transport Forum (MAF-2011), which, according to experts, is becoming “the central and most important annual event in Russia’s motor transport industry,” is opening on Monday at the Crocus Expo exhibition centre in Moscow.
The forum organisers noted that the MAF, which was first held in Moscow in 2005, over the past seven years “has become a real and recognised by the road transport community venue for the discussion of and finding solutions to the industry’s vital problems.” “The number of experts from different countries participating in the forum has increased from 3,000 in 2005 to 10,000 in 2010. This year’s number of participants is expected to increase even more,” the organising committee said.
The forum was organised by the RF Ministry of Transport, ministries and departments influencing the road transport development, as well as professional associations, unions, research and educational institutions in the sphere of production and operation of road transport.
The forum’s organising committee noted that “the statistics figures clearly confirm a significant increase in the interest in the forum of motor transport workers from Russian regions.” Thus, this year “motor transport companies of the Central, Northwestern, Volga, Siberian and Urals federal districts of the country, as well as the Kaliningrad region make the majority of the forum participants.” Another feature of the forum is “progress in establishing business contacts with the Russian colleagues by representatives of trucking companies from Belarus, Ukraine, Lithuania and Moldova,” the organising committee stressed.
This year’s exhibition program will include automobile and trailer equipment for freight and passenger services, special motor vehicles for various industries, as well as companies that service the country’s rapidly growing fleet of trucks and buses. This includes the navigation systems, service equipment, components and parts, refuelling, leasing and insurance.
Scientific and practical conferences, educational and informational seminars, roundtables and presentations, as well as meetings of professional associations and unions will be held within the MAF-2011 events. Visiting events at enterprises of Moscow and the Moscow region will allow the forum members to get acquainted with their practical experience and establish business relations. This is where the “potential customers in practice determine the advantageous features of equipment and the degree of its suitability for their future activities,” the MAF-2011 organisers say.
MAF agenda topics incude: Ensuring transport safety: problems and solutions; Truck transport: experience, ways to increase safety and efficiency; Results of the auto sector development over the nine months of 2011; Prospects for production of buses and commercial vehicles in Russia; Insurance in the auto sector: purpose, objectives, problems and prospects; The use of technical means to monitor drivers’ work and rest; Passenger transportation by auto transport: experience, social aspects, ways to increase safety and efficiency; Reforming the system of driver training; Fuels for the commercial auto transport: current status, problems and prospects; Effective cargo mounting as a critical factor to ensure safety of road traffic and safe cargo delivery; Logistics and management of supply chains: effective interaction of the transport process operators; Role of professional transport associations in the development and improvement of auto transport services, efficiency of interaction with the state bodies; Changing the customs legislation among the Customs Union members (Russia, Kazakhstan and Belarus); International Road Transport procedures and alternative procedures for international customs transit; Cargo transportation regulations.
A major gala concert dedicated to Road Transport Workers’ Day with presentation of state and departmental awards will be given at MAF-2011. Awards will be presented to the winners of the competitions: “The best truck, best bus and trailer of the year in Russia,” “The best driver of the Russian Federation,” “The best carrier,” as well as the photo contest “Automobile, road, man” will be held. The MAF-2011 forum will run from October 24 to 26.