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Logistics in Russia and India: A Digital Pathway to Uniting Asia and Europe
4 September 2019
Digitalization is an important tool for development of economic relations

Today we can connect countries through the use of digital technologies. Infrastructure is not the only condition for the fast-progressive development anymore. The main development driver is digital services that complement this infrastructure — Evgeniy Ditrikh, Minister of Transport of the Russian Federation.

Despite all the differences, Russia and India are united by common tasks: creation of a safe, comfortable and efficient transport network; and strengthening the attractiveness of transit that connects Asia and Europe. Digitalization and intellectual services are the main tool for doing this — Igor Poletaev, Anchor, NTV Channel.

Digitalization of all transport processes is a huge step towards optimization of cargo delivery from consignor to the end recipient. That is why, as part of this discussion, we will sign an agreement [with the Digital Transport and Logistics Association, – Ed.] on digitalization of the transportation logistics — Vadim Baibak, General Director, Vostochny Port.

Cooperation between Russia and India has a great future

Over the last few years the cargo turnover between Russia and India has been growing by 20% [per year, – Ed.]. Indian companies are showing interest in development to the Far East. <…> There is a regular container communication from India to the port of Vladivostok, and then Krasnoyarsk, Novosibirsk, Yekaterinburg — Alexandrs Isurins, Chairman of the Executive Board, President, Far Eastern Shipping Company (FESCO) .

The history of bilateral relations between Russia and India is now taking new shapes. Their partnership will grow and will involve many other countries — Shri Deepak Bagla, Managing Director, Chief Executive Officer, Invest India.

We have a science and engineering council and port infrastructure representatives from Germany. We will be happy to involve our Indian partners — Anton Zamkov, General Director, RT-Invest Transport Systems; Director, Digital Transport and Logistics Association.

Fast growing Indian market is attractive for Russian business

Our GDP is USD 3.7 trillion; this is one of the fastest growing economies in the world. By 2025–2026, our GDP will reach USD 5 trillion. The logistics sector is very important for us and is one of the fastest growing — Shri Deepak Bagla, Managing Director, Chief Executive Officer, Invest India.

India takes second place [in the world, – Ed.] in passenger transportation, with over 7 billion passengers per year. So, there are two areas [of cooperation, – Ed.]: digital passenger logistics and cargo logistics — Alexander Misharin, First Vice President, Russian Railways.

Today Sberbank is represented in India, we have a full-scale license there. We can work simultaneously in two countries and therefore [offer, – Ed.] a unique range of services — Kirill Tsarev, Vice President, Director of Engineering Customers Department, Sberbank.

Challenges of managing the large-scale Indian transport system

The road infrastructure in India is 55.6 million kilometres; it is the second largest one in the world with the highest traffic density. India sees that as a critical element of the economic development. The system needs improvement in order to cultivate the transport potential of the country and track the traffic on a unified platform — Jaspreet Singh, Managing Director, Rusintelsys Private Limited.

There is a lack of integration, and we look to cooperation with Russia, to a dialogue on technologies and use of competences in transport digitalization. The first pilot project by a Russian company that has been successfully completed in this sphere is related to Delhi–Mumbai corridor — Abhay Damle, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Road Transport and Highways of the Republic of India .

Differences in Russian and Indian business practices

We have a different legislation and work policies. It is difficult to finance the projects that are beyond [familiar, – Ed.] jurisdiction — Kirill Tsarev, Vice President, Director of Engineering Customers Department, Sberbank.

Joint projects in India based on Russian knowhow

We are now working on a joint project of reconstruction and modernization of the Nagpur–Secunderabad railway for 200 km/h in India, where we use modern management systems for railway traffic and ticket sale based on Russian technologies. This is a good technology transfer between India and Russia — Alexander Misharin, First Vice President, Russian Railways.

RT-Invest Transport Systems and our Indian colleagues set up a joint company in India that last year won an international open competition for modernization of the Indian paid road system. The project was launched in March. In general, the pilot project is seen as a success, and by the end of the year a decision on development of paid roads in India with the use of our technologies will be made — Aleksey Nashchekin, Chief Executive Officer, National Telematic Systems.

Apart from infrastructure, one of the key elements is digital transportation management systems, a multimodal transportation system. In Russia this system has already been launched and has a huge export potential. PLATON is now the largest telematic system in the world. According to our estimates, the Indian project would be 4–5 times bigger. <…> In Russia, the CIS countries and China a project with navigation seals that allow safe uninspected international transit is being developed. We believe that this product will be in demand in India for implementation of its transit potential — Aleksey Nashchekin, Chief Executive Officer, National Telematic Systems.

We offer bilateral support to both Russian and foreign companies that want to buy Russian technologies and products. We are the ‘window’ for all Russian exporters, we work with both large and small and medium companies. This year we have opened an office in Mumbai together with the Ministry of Industry and Trade. We are establishing relations with Indian banks — Maxim Kobin, Managing Director for Client Work, Russian Export Center.

Implementation of the blockchain technology in transport system management

As a future technology, blockchain will allow to combine three factors: simplified information verification, access and paperwork needed for certification; customs registration; and information about the cargo status, its location and potential changes — Alexandrs Isurins, Chairman of the Executive Board, President, Far Eastern Shipping Company (FESCO) .

If we can use blockchain for Indian transport sector management, this will ensure greater transparency in both countries — Sunil Kanoria, Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors, SREI Infrastructure Finance Limited.

The material was prepared by the Russian news agency TASS