Andrey Goltsblat will participate in the 5th International Rail Business Forum “1520 Strategic Partnership” as an Independent Director.


From 26 to 28 May 2010, the 5th - jubilee - International Rail Business Forum “1520 Strategic Partnership” supported by JSC Russian Railways will be held in Sochi.

The key topic of the forum this year is “The Modernization Strategy in the 1520 Area: Innovation, Investment, Integration, Intellect”. The choice of the topic for the two-day dialogue has been driven by the long-felt need to consolidate the intellectual resources and possibilities of the international business élite in order to achieve a qualitative breakthrough in enhancing the competitive ability of the railway business and its partners from other industries.

The Forum is to discuss key aspects of developing 1520 mm gauge railways (in CIS and Baltic countries, Finland and Mongolia).

In recent years, the Forum has demonstrated its tremendous potential and has become an efficient instrument for consolidating the business interests of major transport companies.

The participants in the annual forums in Sochi are railway administration chiefs, CEOs of rolling stock operators, forwarding agents, railway machinery manufacturers and the biggest consigners, representatives of authorities and interested organisations not related to the railway industry and the “1520 area” countries.

The 5th International Rail Business Forum “1520 Strategic Partnership” will be monitored by independent directors. This year, the elected independent directors include Andrey Goltsblat, Managing Partner, Goltsblat BLP; David Yakobashvili, Chairman of the Board of Directors, OAO Wimm-Bill-Dann Foods; and Piter Carlo, Chairman, FIPRA International .

Independent directors were first introduced at the 2009 Forum to provide a fresh perspective on debates and the topicality of the forum business programme. The organisers believe that the opinions of authoritative non-railway business leaders reveal new reserves for development of the Forum and constitute one of the key criteria for measuring its success.

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