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SOCHI, May 31 (Itar-Tass) — The transit transportation potential and cooperation in international passenger transportation are to be discussed here on Thursday by railwaymen, business people, and politicians at the 6th International sectoral Strategic Partnership 1,520 business forum opening here.
"Participants in the two-day forum are to discus a broad spectrum of matters concerning both the railways with a track gauge of 1,520 mm, and those with track gauge of European standards," an official at the organizing committee of the forum told Itar-Tass.
In particular, participants in the forum are to touch upon problems of the so-called "evening-out of conditions" of transportation activities within the boundaries of the Common Economic Space, and the establishment of a common system for rolling-stock control in the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS). In so doing they are to make an estimate of changes in the pattern and scope of railway transportation with due regard for Russia's accesssion to the World Trade Organization.
"As a separate item, those present are to discuss matters aimed at giving greater scope to regular container transportation, at increasing the speed of delivery of freight and at creating a stimulating tariff environment," the organizing committee official said.
The forum's agenda includes items relating to the development of international passenger transportationa routes, and the elaboration of freight transportation business patterns. Participants in the forum are also to discuss the possibility of creating favourable conditions for the transfer of technology and exchange of advanced international experience in engineering, the pursuance of a modern HR policy, and extension of the spectrum of services rendered at railway terminals. About 1,000 delegates from more than ten countries will take part in discussions.