KEY NOTES FROM THE OPENING CEREMONY OF EURASIA RAIL 2012

Mr. Binali Yildirim, the Minister of Transportation, Maritime Affairs and Communication from Turkey made the opening speech at the exhibition. He said that it was such a success that EURASIA RAIL exhibition to host 188 companies from 21 different countries.

He mentioned at the speech that: “Inside the railway targets of Turkey for the next 10 years are to add 30 billion dollars of new railway investments to the current ones, build 10.000 km of railway network and a conventional line of 4.000 km totaling 26.000 kilometers of railway network. That means, more investments and more cooperation for railway infrastructure, railway technologies, railway vehicles, fast-train sets, switch and railway industry indicating more freedom and progress for the countries.

Mr. Yildirim mentioned that Turkey is the 6th in Europe and 8th in the world for the fast-track line railway operations. Turkey connects 3 big cities Ankara, Eskisehir and Konya to each other with high-speed trains and until 2017, this will increase to 13 which indicate 10 new cities to welcome high-speed trains.

After his speech, Mr. Yildirim walked through the stands and he delivered red carnation due to the Women’s Day on March 8th. Bulgaria’s Minister of Transport, H.E. Ivaylo Moskovski made a speech at the opening ceremony. H.E. Moskovski said that: The Pan-Europe corridor Transportation Corridor goes through Bulgaria and this corridor is vital for Europe. The 4th, 9th, and 10th corridors are becoming important in terms of relations with Turkey for the project to be completed in 2014.”

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