E-Flash No. 87 - 9 January


The FIATA Secretariat wishes you all a joyful and successful 2015.

Happy New Year !

1. Register for the FIATA Headquarters Session today!

The FIATA HQ Session will take place from Wednesday March 18th to Sunday March 22nd, 2015 in Zurich, Switzerland. Online registration is now open on the FIATA Website.

Please follow these links to learn more about this remarkable event:

HQ Programme: http://fiata.com/fileadmin/user_upload/documents/Meetings/FIATA_HQ_Session_2015_Programme.pdf

Registration Form: http://fiata.com/fileadmin/user_upload/documents/Meetings/Registration_Form_HQ_Session_2015.pdf


2. UN General Assembly adopts first ever Resolution on International Transport Corridors

On December 19th, the UN General Assembly unanimously approved the "Resolution on the Role of Transport and Transit Corridors in Ensuring Global Sustainable Development". For the first time in UN history, the General Assembly has adopted a resolution on the role of transport and transit corridors and their contribution to the global sustainable development outlined in the Post 2015 Development Agenda. 

The Resolution welcomes the efforts of the UN and major international organisations, "to develop and operationalise international transport and transit corridors" and calls for coordinated efforts in a number of areas to obtain their "sustainable and inclusive development".

It notably invites the UN Secretary General to seek the views of Member States and international organisations on issues related to the development of transport and transit corridors and to communicate these in a summary report to the UN General Assembly at its 70th Session.

Further reading can found: http://www.turkmenistan.ru/en/articles/17833.html

Or at the IRU's website here: https://www.iru.org/en_media_press_pr/code.1228/lang.en


3. World Trade Organisation programme for helping trade in Least Developed Countries extended

A multi-donor programme that helps the poorest countries be more active in global trade, the Enhanced Integrated Framework (EIF), will be extended into a new phase, the EIF Steering Committee decided on December 18th.

In his introductory remarks to the EIF Steering Committee, Director-General Azevêdo stressed that the programme is making a difference on the ground through increased private sector development and employment in some of the poorest countries. "There is no other programme that supports LDCs to address all aspects of their trade capacity in this way, and that puts the LDCs themselves in the driver's seat."

For the full article and speech, please visit the WTO website here: http://www.wto.org/english/news_e/news14_e/if_18dec14_e.htm


4. Dates Released for the 2015 RAME Field Meeting Dubai/UAE, April 19th – 20th, 2015

The dates for the 2015 RAME Field Meeting in Dubai, UAE have been established. The meeting will last for 2 days from April 19th – 20th, 2015. The 2015 RAME Field Meeting will bear the theme of Relationship and Business building.

Every year the RAME field meeting is very well attended, as the region is pregnant with opportunity. This year, the field meeting is expected to have between 400-500 delegates attending which will provide an opportunity to truly create lasting business relationships. The business environment between India, Pakistan, Middle East and Africa is vibrant and the meeting will be keen to have many of our colleagues from the sub-continent participate.


5. Commission adopts new rules to improve EU-wide traffic information services for road users

The European Commission has adopted new rules which will help provide road users across the EU with more accurate, accessible and up-to-date traffic information related to their journeys (Real-Time Traffic Information).

This can include information about expected delays, estimated travel times, information about accidents, road works and road closures, warnings about weather conditions and any other relevant information.

For the complete article along with the detailed specifics, please visit: http://ec.europa.eu/transport/themes/its/news/2014-12-18-rtti_en.htm


6. Accession of the Seychelles to World Trade Organisation

In a ceremony on December 10th, 2014 the Protocol on the Accession of the Republic of Seychelles was officially signed on the margins of the General Council by WTO Director-General Roberto Azevêdo and Seychelles' Minister of Finance, Trade and Investment, Pierre Laporte.

In his speech to the General Council, Director-General Azevêdo stated, "This accession is another sign of the continued importance of the multilateral trading system. In recent weeks we have shown that we can implement important negotiated outcomes, and this accession is a further vote of confidence." The accession is subject to domestic ratification by Seychelles’ Parliament until June 1st, 2015.

For more information, please visit: http://wto.org/english/news_e/news14_e/acc_syc_10dec14_e.htm


7. New RID 2015 edition available now

The new edition of the Regulations concerning the International Carriage of Dangerous Goods by Rail (RID) 2015 is now available on the website of the Intergovernmental Organisation for International Carriage by Rail (OTIF).

The new edition which comes into effect January 1st, 2015 can be accessed at the below link: http://www.otif.org/en/publications/rid-2015.html


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