The key to success is the synergy: International stakeholder meeting in Riga

The key to success is the synergy: International stakeholder meeting in Riga

On January 22, an international stakeholder meeting was organized in Riga, during which interested persons could get acquainted with Latvia’s national strategy on transport development, as well as see the close connection between national and international goals and initiatives that could help to achieve them. Presenters included both domestic and foreign experts.

Presenting the Latvian Transport Development Guidelines 2027, Inta Rozenšteine of the Ministry of Transport of the Republic of Latvia acknowledged that

“projects such as the Baltic Loop are very important for the policy implementation on national level.”

She also looks forward to contributing to the Baltic Loop.

RB Rail Latvia spokesman Ģirts Braman introduced the objectives of the major cross-border project and how far it has gone.

He encouraged projects to use the opportunity and share relevant information and data.

“No project, even on a scale like Rail Baltica, will be effective unless synergies are sought.” Mr Braman said he was very interested in what the results of the Baltic Loop project would be and saw that they could be important for the transport industry as a whole.

Representatives from Finland also shared their solutions for traffic facilitation, presenting the concept of Mobility as service and virtual queuing GoSwift.

An interesting panel discussion highlighted a number of key issues, such as the role of the public sector in promoting innovation; the extent to which we are prepared to work on common standards that allow solutions to cross borders rather than stop at them. The audience also remarked that the development of multi-modal points removes their accessibility in sparsely populated areas, in fact having the opposite effect.

A strong but true statement came from the hall: “The world is full of strategies, but what about the practical implementation of theory?”

After a fruitful discussion, the participants went on an exchange of experience to the Adazi municipality and Skulte port.

International stakeholder meeting 22 January 2020/ RIGA

International stakeholder meeting 22 January 2020/ RIGA

International stakeholder meetings organized by the project BALTIC LOOP is an important platform to exchange information, challenges, contacts. It is also the best place to collaborate to come up with new solutions that will benefit the industry of efficient transport of freight and passengers along the Baltic Sea corridors with yet undiscovered potential.

The event AGENDA for 22nd January 2020 includes the following topics:

  • Rail Baltica – project development and future perspectives / presented by Ģirts Bramans, RB Rail, Latvia
  • Latvia transport development guidelines 2027 / presented by Inta Rozenšteine, Ministry of Transport, Latvia
  • Mobility as a Service (MaaS) concept / presented by Filip Djupsjöbacka, Kyyti, Finland
  • Virtual Queuing for cargo transport / TBA, Go Swift, Finland

At the end of the meeting, participants are offered the opportunity to take a small site visit tour to the nearby municipality and port.

The seminar on transport solutions has attracted great interest in Latvia

The seminar on transport solutions has attracted great interest in Latvia

In mid-October, transport experts, specialists, and innovators gathered in Līgatne (Latvia). The high number of attendees confirmed that the transport sector also needs to work on new ideas and new solutions.

The workshop brought together a wide range of stakeholders, including representatives from ministries, associations, executive bodies and municipalities.

There were also representatives of several societies that bring various innovations to meet the challenges of mobility on a daily basis, as well as representatives of several companies engaged daily in research, development projects, strategies, and evaluations. The seminar program was deliberately designed to give the widest possible vision of the opportunities and solutions already available for the development of the sector.

It was emphasized that the real needs of the identified audience are the basis for effective and good solutions to improve traffic. Another important aspect to take into account, when planning mobility, is the interaction between the different scales: not only at the local or municipal level but also at the regional, national and international levels.

A spokeswoman for the Ministry of Environmental Protection and Regional Development, informing those present about the development of sustainable and environmentally friendly transport outside the big cities, stated that municipalities can be considered as a significant influence on the development processes in the regions.