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29 january

Alexander Misharin participated at the round table on the topic of «Increasing the competitiveness of the country as a result of implementing of the high-speed rail network project. Localization of Russian production: Challenges and prospects»

On January 29, the Gudok Publishing House hosted the round table “Improving the competitiveness of the country as a result of implementing of the high-speed rail network. Localization of Russian production: Challenges and prospects,” which was attended by representatives of state authorities, transport and consulting companies, industry, academia and the media. More than 100 people attended the round table.

Alexander Misharin, First Vice President of OAO Russian Railways and General Director of JSC High-Speed Rail Lines, presented a new organizational and legal model for the Moscow-Kazan HSR project, which provides for its implementation by utilizing a new rail transport concession mechanism for Russian railway transport, to participants at the round table. Alexander Misharin also summed up the results of 2013, which was a turning point for the Moscow-Kazan HSR project. To date, the project has received approval from Glavgosekspertiza and a number of major consultancy firms (PricewaterhouseCoopers, McKinsey, Ernst & Young, Center for Strategic Research, Vegas Lex and Infraone) that are acting as independent consultants. A comprehensive audit of the project has been conducted, and the amount of capital investments has been confirmed (RUB 1.068 trillion).

Ella Borisova, the Head of Business Research at the All-Russian Public Opinion Research Center (VTsIOM), shared the results of a sociological study to evaluate the effect of HSR projects on the Russian population. Thus, 85% of the population supports HSR projects, and 50% directly associate them with their increased mobility.

Round-table participants paid particular attention to the topic of localizing technologies and HSR construction materials. Representatives of a number of industrial enterprises (OAO Murom Switch Works, OOO Malinovsky Reinforced Concrete Goods Plant, etc.) expressed their full readiness to develop a production base to address HSR needs. During the discussion, the participants agreed that most of the materials for the construction of rail links should be made within the Russian Federation in order to stimulate the Russian economy. Alexander Misharin, in turn, confirmed the intention of OAO Russian Railways to ensure that 80% of products and components (including systems for managing and ensuring the safety of traffic, switches, power systems, and more) are designed specifically while considering the localization of their production in Russia.


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