E-Flash No. 94 - 10 April 2015

1. Reminder - Registration for the 9th RAP Field Meeting in Bangkok, Thailand - 24 June 2015

FIATA encourages all delegates from the region to seize this valuable opportunity to network and to address specific and relevant regional topics. FIATA invites all delegates from the Region Asia Pacific, as well as those with interests in the region, to the upcoming RAP Field Meeting in Bangkok.

We are grateful for the hospitality, support, contribution and assistance we are receiving from the Thai International Freight Forwarders Association (TIFFA) for their help in arranging this meeting to make it successful.

The Meeting's agenda is progressing and promising. FIATA and TIFFA are targeting to include presentations and speeches from Delegates of International Organizations such as United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UN IDO), the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the World Customs Organization (WCO), and a Thai Special Section from the Government of Thailand and Industry related service providers.

This will be the 9ththe meeting of its kind and will be held in conjunction with the UNESCAP Regional Conference/Forum for Freight Forwarders, Multimodal Transport Operators and Logistics Service Providers. FIATA’s meeting will be held on June 24th while the one of UNESCAP will take place on June 25th.

For more information and instructions on the registration procedure please visit the following link: http://fiata.com/fileadmin/user_upload/documents/Meetings/RAP088_-_Circular__269kB_.pdf


2. 2015 RAME Field Meeting – Registrations Open & Details Available

The registration and program details for the 2015 Region Africa Middle East (RAME) Field Meeting to take place in Dubai from April 19th – 20th have now been released. For more information on the speakers, registration forms, visa inquiry and all other matters please visit the 2015 RAME Field Meeting website at http://rame2015.ae/#tile_tickets.

This meeting is planned to be a lot different than the others as invitations have been extended to all logistics players and freight forwarders in the South Asian subcontinent, with a focus on India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. The business environment between these regions is vibrant and full of opportunities.

For additional questions, please do not hesitate to contact NAFL directly at info(at)rame2015.ae.


3. Eleventh edition of the World Congress on Railway Research is now accepting abstract papers

The WCRR 2016 is the most important worldwide event for railway research focusing on scenarios in rail transport from now until 2050.

Throughout this Congress, a number of the leading railway companies in the world and rail infrastructure managers, scientific research institutes, universities and industries will have the chance to promote and illustrate the more innovative development projects in this field.

The deadline for submission of abstract papers is April 30th, 2015 and the event will take place in Italy, at the Stella Polare Congress Centre in Milan, from 29 May to 2 June, 2016.

Please visit the WCRR2016 website for more information: http://www.wcrr2016.org/


4. New dangerous goods list for China published

The Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) has published and implemented a new list of dangerous goods permitted in air cargo. The list is in line with international standards for dangerous goods transportation. Furthermore, the list features both English and Chinese names for the large variety of dangerous goods.

For easy access the list can be found at the following web portal: http://sqgk.caac.gov.cn/000014170/201503/P020150304552972613144.pdf


5. Analysis of EU Combined Transport published

The European Commission's Transport and Mobility DG has published an analysis of the combined transport environment in the European Union. This is the second lot in a serious of in-depth fact-finding studies in support of the development of an EU strategy for freight transport logistics.

To read the report and the previous reports please visit: http://ec.europa.eu/transport/themes/strategies/studies/strategies_en.htm


6. East Africa Community (EAC) launches new Rail Corridor

Leaders from the five nations comprising the EAC (Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, and Uganda) met in March to unveil the latest infrastructure programme to significantly improve transportation in the region.

The 2500 kilometre Central Corridor railway-line will link up land-locked countries of the region to the port of Dar es Salaam. Block trains are designated to transport exclusively, consignments directly to Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda and Uganda, without any interruptions or delays. Once completed the overall transport time will be reduced from two weeks to two days and costs will be nearly cut in half.

For further reading please visit: http://allafrica.com/stories/201504011407.html


7. Seychelles to become the 161st Member of the World Trade Organisation

The island nation of Seychelles was approved to become the 161st Member of the WTO on the 25th of March, concluding a long application that first began in 1995.

Seychelles is the 33rd government to accede to the rules-based multilateral trading system through negotiations since the WTO was established in 1995.

For further reading please visit: https://www.wto.org/english/news_e/news15_e/acc_syc_01apr15_e.htm


8. UN launches new web portal for UN70

This new platform allows the general public to easily find information, activities and products related to the 70th anniversary of the United Nations. A range of multimedia content is also available including videos, photo galleries, classic audio spots, and classic digital tools. In addition, UN70 related activities and events taking place globally such as concerts, commemorative events, panels and screenings can all be found using this special web portal.

To access the new site and explore it for yourself, please click the following link: http://www.un.org/un70/en


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