Rail Baltica, source: RB Rail

Rail Baltica Global Forum to take place online

RB Rail, a joint venture responsible for the construction of the Rail Baltica mainline, is organising an online event to be held on 23 April. It will be devoted to the current status of the project and plans for this year. The in-person conference has been postponed for October.

Initially, the organisers of the Rail Baltica Global Forum planned to carry out the event on 23 April in Riga. Due to the coronavirus pandemic and the restrictions imposed by the European governments in order to fight the disease, they were forced to change its conception. As a replacement of the in-person forum, the event will take place online at the same time. “The health and safety of the project partners, colleagues and service providers is of utmost importance to us. To minimise the health and safety risks, we have opted to use the available digital tools and convey the 23 April event online,” RB Rail stated.

Online programme

The online forum will start at 10:00 (Eastern European Time, UTC+2). It will go on for two hours. The programme consists of four key topics to be covered by a dedicated speaker:

  • Rail Baltica Global Project progress and status in 2020 (Agnis Driksna, Chairperson of Management Board at RB Rail);
  • Rail Baltica design and construction works: timeline and strategic direction for procurement (Mark Loader, Chief Program Management Officer at RB Rail);
  • Rail Baltica main procurements in 2020 (Kristjan Piirsalu, Chief Procurement Officer at RB Rail);
  • Global Project long-term development activities 2020 (Kaspars Briškens, Head of Strategy and Development at RB Rail).

The live streaming of the online event will be available on the Global Forum website. In addition, viewers will be able to ask questions and take part in a discussion with the presenters via online engagement tool Sli.do. To contact the organisers please write to forum@railbaltica.org.

Plans for October

Meanwhile, the RB Rail joint venture is still planning to hold the in-person Rail Baltica Global Forum. According to the preliminary schedule, it will take place in October. The organisers will announce the new exact date of the event in the coming weeks. “For those, who have already registered, we are grateful for your interest in Rail Baltica and will keep your registration valid also for the event in October,” the company noted.

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Author: Mykola Zasiadko

Mykola Zasiadko is editor of online trade magazines RailTech.com and RailFreight.com.

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