New Delhi, September 6 (Odisha.in) Orissa’s K.C.Jena, Chairman Railway Board has also taken over as Chairman, International Union of Railways (UIC).
Jena will be Chairman of UIC till December 2008. The Chairman Railway Board of Indian Railways had taken over as the first non-European Chairman of UIC for two-Year term in January 2007.
Indian Railways have been actively associated with the organization since 1998 and has played an important role in its restructuring to transform it to a truly global institution, a press information bureau release said.
As part of the restructuring, six regional units of UIC have been formed and UIC-Asia will be headquartered at New Delhi. Indian Railways will facilitate the setting up of UIC-Asia regional Units.
Indian Railways will also provide all assistance for the International Railway Strategic Management Institute (IRSMI) that would come up at Chanakyapuri, New Delhi.
International Union of Railways (UIC) is an international association of rail operators and organizations established in 1922 with headquarters in Paris having 224 members worldwide.
The organization provides a forum to different Railway organization in the world to undertake joint research projects, develop strategies for implementation of international projects like inter-continental freight corridors, and high speed rail.
It also enables Railway Managers across the globe to develop skills through its International Railway Strategic Management Institute.
The priority areas for UIC would be to have increased worldwide investments in rail transport. UIC’s focus is to establish rail transport as the key link in the global logistics chain.