YEREVAN, October 16. / ARKA /. An Armenian delegation has left for Ashgabat, Turkmenistan, to attend the 57th meeting of the CIS Rail Transport Council, which has kicked off today. The South Caucasus Railways (SCR), a Russian-run company operating Armenia’s railroads, said the delegation includes SCR CEO Victor Rebets, his deputy Anatoliy Danchenko and Arsen Hovhanesian, head of the Railway Department at the Ministry of Transport and Communications. The meeting, which will end on October 17, will discuss a long string of issues.
The CIS Railway Transport Council was established in 1994 to coordinate the railway companies of former Soviet republics. Its members are Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Moldova, Russia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and Ukraine. Bulgaria, Georgia, Latvia and Finland are associate members. Lithuania and Estonia also take part in its activity.
South Caucasus Railways is a 100% subsidiary of state-run Russian Railways that was awarded a concesional management of SCR. The 30 year contract was signed in 2008. It can be prolonged for another 10 years. -0-