An stakeholders conference on the subject INSTC-Express Corridor from India to Russia was held at Foreign Service Institute on May 18, 2017 at 1100 hours. The attendees at FSI were members of diplomatic community, freight forwarders, media, representatives of various ministries, officers and staff of Foreign Training Institute. Online attendees included members of Indian Embassy in Eurasian region, ICWA and members of business community.
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The opening remarks were delivered by Joint Secretary Shri G V Srinivas (Eurasia) of MEA and by Mr Alexey Pogonin, Counsellor (Political) of the Russian Embassy in New Delhi. The keynote speakers were Shri Shankar Shinde from Federation of Freight Forwarder’s Association of India (FFFAI) and Shri Balachandran, Shri Behuria and Amb Stobdan from IDSA (Institute of Defence Studies and Analyses). The discussion centred around possible routes of INSTC, its popularization, development and optimal utilisation of Chabahar port to complement INSTC and to provide connectivity to Central Asia, modalities of and impediments to multi-modal transport, way ahead, Indian decision to join TIR Convention and advantages of moving beyond to e-TIR etc.
This was followed by a presentation from Kalinga Motors Sports Club (KMSC), Bhubaneswar on a proposed motor rally between India and Russia as part of 70th anniversary celebrations of establishment of diplomatic relations between India and Russia. Kalinga Motors agreed to put up the details of motor rally shortly on its website.
May 18, 2017