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World News : J P Batra is Chairman of UIC
on 2006/12/8 0:56:58

Friday, December 08, 2006
CHAIRMAN, RAILWAY BOARD ELECTED AS CHAIRMAN, UIC

FIRST NON-EUROPEAN TO BE ELECTED TO THE INTERNATIONAL BODY

Shri J.P. Batra, Chairman, Railway Board has been elected as Chairman of the International Union of Railways (UIC), a prestigious world-wide organization for international cooperation among railways and promotion of rail transport mode, headquartered in Paris, France.

For the past one year, the organization is gearing up for new challenges, in particular, railway liberalization, increasing competition from other modes, the growing economic constraints on railways together with the challenge of globalization of the transport market which creates new opportunities for railways. Shri Batra, who is also presently the Chairman of World Executive Council (WEC) of UIC, an executive body of Chief Executives from different geographical regions of the world and responsible for UIC activities at global level, had led the transformation of UIC to meet the aspirations of all its members across the globe.

The new UIC will focus on the development of intercontinental freight corridors (N.E.W. Corridor, etc.), cooperation within the Metre Gauge, Broad Gauge groups, etc., interactive seminars between customers (railways) and suppliers (world industry), projects in the field of training and strategic management i.e. creation of Inter Railway Strategic Management Institute (IRMSI).

He is the first non-European to be elected for the prestigious assignment. The organization founded in 1922, has 171 members including railways, rail operators, infrastructure managers, railway service providers, public transport companies, etc. spread over all five continents.

Major functions undertaken by UIC involve promoting technical cooperation between its members and maintaining the overall coherence of the railway system, notably at pan-European level, and achieving interoperability which is one of the keys for bolstering rail transport competitiveness. In this context, UIC is responsible for:

Putting forward specifications and standards to standardization bodies;

Acting as a technical platform to support the work of railway associations;

Spearheading international rail cooperation projects which dovetail with its core technical tasks;

Defining common provisions and recommendations intended for its members; and

Concluding agreements with Intergovernmental organizations and other trade organizations responsible for transport matters or which cooperate with the railways.

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