Russian Railways Offers to join Digital Transformation Strategy

Gudok.Ru: Oleg Belozerov, General Director and Chairman of the Board of Russian Railways, proposed creating a unified electronic environment between all participants in the transportation process at the session “Digital Future of Transport Corridors Through the Far East: International Experience and Russian Realities” of the Eastern Economic Forum. 

In his opinion, the digital format will allow avoiding a large number of already outdated functionality.

“Every year we interview about 1,500 managers of the largest companies in the world, including the transport sector. Over the past year, more than 90% of managers in the transport sector have stated the importance of the “numbers”. However, only about 20% rated the digitalization level in their companies as advanced. In other sectors, this indicator is approaching 45%, ”said Mikhail Bazhenov, Head of Practice on working with companies in the field of infrastructure and project financing of PwC Russia. 

According to Sergei Ivanov, special envoy of the President of Russia for environmental protection, ecology and transport, a digital future in transport is inevitable.
Global international companies have already announced plans for a transition to fully electronic interaction processes between participants in the transport market. Integration of Russian companies into these processes and the implementation of their own digital transformation projects are some of the priority tasks, including taking into account the need to comply with the decree of the President of the Russian Federation, to increase the transit freight traffic on routes through Russia by four times by 2024. 

It is proposed to take the Digital Transformation Strategy until 2025, which was prepared at Russian Railways, as the basis for such a global Russian project. 

According to Oleg Belozerov, the digital strategy includes eight digital platforms in the main areas of activity and production processes of the company.

“They are open, we plan to implement them together with our colleagues,” the head of the holding emphasized. – The effect for JSC Russian Railways, which should give the implementation of this program, will amount to more than 150 billion rubles. At the same time, we also considered the indirect effect that our partners will receive – this is about 500 billion rubles. ” 

Key figures of the transportation process are ready to join the creation of a single trusted environment. 

“We need not only to implement digital projects within ourselves – we just need to enter into a general discussion and synchronize projects with other market participants,” said Vyacheslav Saraev, TransContainer General Director.

“A trusted environment between the participants in the transportation process is created mainly on the basis of bilateral agreements. The technology of distributed registries, or blockchain, allows you to create a trusted environment for all participants in the transportation process, not only in the Russian Federation, but also for our foreign partners. But now the blockchain technology lacks a regulatory framework in order to be recognized as a certification center for creating a trusted environment, ”said Alexander Isurin, President of the FESCO Transport Group.

The need to create a new legislative framework based on digital technologies, Sergei Ivanov emphasized. Chairman of the Federation Council Committee of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation on economic policy Andrei Kutepov said that a decision on this issue will be made before the end of the year. The Government and the Federal Assembly were instructed by the President of the Russian Federation to make a decision on the prompt adoption of normative legal acts in part of the figure. 

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