Welcoming adress of Vladimir Yakunin, President of Russian Railways

On behalf of Russian Railways management and myself, I welcome the participants of the II Railway Congress.

This is one of the most ambitious and important events for the railway industry. The themes of the congress go far beyond railway transport: the range of issues overlaps with key aspects concerning the development of the core sectors of the Russian economy. The operations of the Russian railway network will be discussed in the context of the government’s socioeconomic priorities and the modernisation of the economy.

As part of the congress, we will not only evaluate the work of the railway industry over the recent years, but will also develop plans for the future as well as define clear guidelines for operations in the medium and long term.

I am confident that this meeting of railway officials in such a broad and representative format with the participation of federal and regional leaders in addition to the country’s leading experts and analysts will help to identify the further steps necessary for the modernisation of the Russian railway transport and for its transition to a new and innovative path of development.

I wish all of us fruitful discussions and productive work at the II Railway Congress.

Russian Railways President Vladimir Yakunin