Elena Rovenskaya is invited to speak at the Consultations on the next steps in the operationalization of Euro-Asian transport corridors. These consultations are co-organized by the Sustainable Transport Division of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) and the Office of the Co-ordinator of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) Economic and Environmental Activities / Secretariat with the support of the Freight Division of the International Union of Railways.
Elena Rovenskaya is invited to provide an academic perspective on the next steps in the operationalization of Euro-Asian transport corridors and gives a talk on "Europe-Asia connectivity in the near and long term" focusing on major economic cooperation processes and initiatives in Eurasia, the role of digitalization, and alternative routes between Europe and Asia and forecasts for their use (especially, the Northern Sea Route). She also gives some recommendations on how to improve connectivity in the region.
Consultations on the next steps in the operationalization of Euro-Asian transport corridors
The event gathers government officials from the participating countries engaged in transport corridor management, including representatives of ministries of transport, trade, customs and border management authorities as well as infrastructure managers and operators, private sector practitioners determining and managing freight flows and independent corridor management experts, researchers and academia.
The aim of the Consultations is to provide a platform for inter-governmental dialogue on remaining challenges for more effective Euro-Asian inland transport connectivity; take stock of the existing inter-governmental/public-private sector stakeholder coordination mechanisms in the region and explore whether there is scope to improve/expand/ strengthen those; and explore whether at regional/sub-regional levels governments in the region are ready to strengthen corridor-based action and identify practical means to do so including through the setting up of appropriate, corridor-wide agreed interoperability priorities and operational targets, developing corridor work plans, creating conducive conditions for the attraction of additional cargo flows and specific commodity types etc.