SPEAKER INTERVIEW - Rati Devadze
Can you give an overview of your conference topic/session?
Recent years have been very productive for infrastructure improvement across countries involved in the Belt and Road initiative. Particularly, enhancing and revitalising ancient silk road and adding new routes have been in the spotlight of government and business world attention. One of the most promising multimodal routes is Trans-Caspian International Transport Route (TITR) project. This route connects China to Europe ensuring relatively quick and cost effective way of transportation. Ongoing and planned infrastructure projects increase viability of TITR. TITR is emerging as a reliable corridor of Asia-Europe logistics.
What can attendees expect to learn and discover from your session?
Attendees are representatives of various sectors in logistics including freight forwarders, operators, container manufacturers and traders, therefore knowledge of emerging markets would benefit them to strategically approach new opportunities. The audience will receive updated information about alternate Asia-Europe routes which is crucial for diversification of supply chain.
What do you think is the biggest issue being faced/discussed in your industry at the moment?
Nowadays attention is directed to a creation of a solid transport connection between Europe and China as well as Europe and Iran. The latter became significant after Iran is gradually resurfacing as a trade and investment oriented country as economic and financial sanctions are softened.
What is the biggest lesson you learned in 2016?
Cooperation of countries in terms of tariffs and lifting bureaucratic burdens on international railway cargo movement can be a crucial trigger for revitalising railway routes in central Asia and Eastern Europe.
What do you think the biggest challenge for the industry will be in 2017?
Further, close cooperation and seamless information exchange methods between different international railway operators and expeditors is central for cost reduction and more flexibility of international routes. Another challenge would be to encourage Eastern Europe and Central Asian railway industry representatives to expand and get involved in door-to-door services in thriving e-commerce industry.
Why do you think events like Intermodal Asia are important for the industry?
Online communication channels for making new business connections became usual, however meeting people face to face and starting off conversation will always be more authentic that is what makes Intermodal Asia true platform for new opportunities in logistics.