Information published on 27 May 2014 in the UIC electronic newsletter "UIC eNews" Nr 401.

REMINDER

  • Freight

All players involved in rail freight and worldwide logistics systems to meet at 4th UIC Global Rail Freight Conference – “GRFC 2014” from 23 – 26 June in Vienna

Following the successful editions in Delhi (2007), Saint-Petersburg (2010) and Tangier, Morocco (2012), the 4th UIC Global Rail Freight Conference (“GRFC 2014”) will take place from 23 – 26 June in Vienna. This international event, dedicated to rail freight and multimodal perspectives, is jointly organised by UIC, the worldwide railway organisation, Austrian Federal Railways ÖBB and Rail Cargo Group with the support of the Dutch conference organiser Europoint b.v.

The conference will be held at the Hilton Stadtpark Vienna, a very convenient venue in the centre of the capital of Austria.

The central theme of the “GRFC 2014” global conference is “Seamless Transport Chains through Harmonisation – Success Stories and Global Perspectives for Rail Freight”.
It will offer a key opportunity to address all the strategic issues of rail freight development focusing on the management and harmonisation framework, new products and international partnerships, international corridors, multimodal cooperation, new technological trends, etc.

The 4th UIC Global Rail Freight Conference “GRFC 2014” is supported by a number of international institutions or partner associations:

  • Intergovernmental Organisation for International Carriage by Rail (OTIF)
  • Organization for Cooperation between Railways (OSJD)
  • Coordinating Council on Trans-Siberian Transportation (CCTT)
  • International Rail Transport Committee (CIT)
  • Bureau International des Containers (BIC)

Confirmed speakers or panellists will include Vladimir Yakunin, UIC Chairman, President of JSC Russian Railways (RZD), Mag. Christian Kern, CEO of ÖBB Holding AG, Chairman of CER, the Community of European Rail and Infrastructure Companies, Jean-Pierre Loubinoux, Director General of UIC, Mrs. Eva Molnar, Director Transport Division, United nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), François Davenne, Secretary General of the Intergovernmental Organisation for International Carriage by Rail (OTIF), Stephan Cathcart, Chairman of the International Heavy Haul Association (IHHA), Semih Kalay, Vice President of TTCI/AAR, USA, Boris Lapidus, Director-General of the Russian Railway Research Institute VNIIZhT, Chairman of UIC International Railway Research Board (IRRB), Dr. Georg Kasperkovitz, Member of the Board, Rail Cargo Group, Francesco S. Parisi, President, International Federation of Freight Forwarders (FIATA), Gennady Bessonov, Russia, Secretary General, Coordinating Council on Trans-Siberian Transportation (CCTT), Ralf-Charley Schultze, Director-General of the International Union of Road-Rail Combined Transport (UIRR), Bertrand Geoffrey, Bureau International des Containers et du transport Intermodal BIC, Hossein Ashori, Vice President of Railways of the Islamic Republic of Iran, etc.

The 4th Global Rail Freight Conference also includes a trade exhibition open to all players and stakeholders of rail freight or logistics systems, as well as a programme of technical visits in Vienna.

For more information or registration please visit the conference website at the following addresses: