First pilot train to run via Baku-Tbilisi-Kars late 2014

05/12/2013 (AzerNews - Aerbaijan): The first pilot train will run via the Baku-Tbilisi-Kars railway at the end of 2014, Azerbaijani Transport Minister Ziya Mammadov said at the third Caspian Forum in Istanbul on December 5. "Realization of the project, which is the logical result of the cooperation Azerbaijan, Georgia and Turkey, continues dynamically. After the commencement of the Marmaray project, the Baku-Tbilisi-Kars will provide direct transport between Europe and Asia," Mammadov said...

Iran Ready to Take Part in Reconstruction of Iraq: Jahangiri

05/12/2013 (Tasnim News Agency - Iran): Jahangiri told Iraqi Nouri al-Maleki that Iran, given its great scientific and economic potential, is ready to help rebuild its western neighbor which has suffered long years of US-led occupation and militant violence.He said the two sides have signed agreements in the areas of oil and gas, power transfer, banking exchanges, railway development and housing, expressing hope that maleki's visit could pave the way for implementation of previous accords.Maliki, for his part, welcomed the contribution of Iranian firms to the reconstruction of his country, and underlined the need for security cooperation between Iran and Iraq in the fight against terrorism in the region...

Indian 70 kilometer Iran rail line can open doors to Central Asia

05/12/2013 (SteelGuru - India): Business reported that a few years ago, fertilizer major Iffco dabbled with the idea of sourcing rock phosphate from Kazakhstan, which sits on 2 billion tonnes of the mineral.
But the Indian cooperative giant had to drop the plan midway discouraged by the high cost of logistics. Iffco is not alone; several Indian companies had to drop plans to trade with Central Asian countries such as Kazakhstan. But not any longer, it seems.
A proposed 70 kilometer railway line in an obscure patch of northern Iran could change all that..

Authorities look to Russia’s air, rail to raise mobility

05/12/2013 (The Moscow News  - Russia): While freedom of movement for Russian citizens is enshrined in the Constitution, practical social and economic factors often impede its full implementation.The development of regional air travel, abetted by a series of state subsidy programs and last month's launch of Aurora, the Far Eastern subsidiary of national carrier Aeroflot, is one point in the government strategy to overcome this challenge..

China Trainmakers’ High-Speed Rail Orders Total $7.3 Billion

05/12/2013 (Bloomberg - USA): CSR Corp. (1766) and China CNR (601299) Corp., the nation’s two biggest trainmakers, won bids for 258 bullet trains worth as much as 44.3 billion yuan ($7.3 billion) as China’s high-speed rail network opens new lines.CSR estimated it won bids totaling 25.9 billion yuan to make 83 bullet trains with maximum speeds of 350 kilometers per hour (217 miles per hour) and 78 trains with maximum speeds of 250 kph for state-owned China Railway Corp., it said in an e-mailed statement late yesterday, citing calculations based on previous bidding prices...

Nairobi Governor Evans Kidero receives 17b from Chinese to fund infrustructural development

05/12/2013 (Standard Digital News - Kenya): Nairobi: Nairobi  county government, has signed a Memorandum of understanding  of  $200 million (shs 17 Billion shillings) with a Chinese company  to facilitate construction of Infrastructure within Nairobi county.
Nairobi County governor Dr. Kidero said that the money would be used in the construction of 20,000 house units, commercial centres and social facilities within Nairobi county...

Foreign firms to design GCC train project

12/12/2013 (Arab News - KSA): The Saudi Railway Organization (SRO) will issue tenders for the design of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) train project in the Kingdom in February.
Mohammed Al-Suwaiket, president of the SRO, said that every individual GCC state would be responsible for the design and implementation of their part of the project...

Saudi Arabia, Azerbaijan sign cooperation protocol

12/12/2013 (Saudi Gazette - KSA): BAKU – Azerbaijan and Saudi Arabia signed a protocol on cooperation in various fields in Baku on Wednesday.

The protocol was inked following the third meeting of the intergovernmental commission, and included numerous fields such as economy, trade, investment, technology, sports and youth, and culture.
Azerbaijani Minister of Economy and Industry Shahin Mustafayev and head of Saudi Arabian General Investment Authority Abdullatif Al Othman signed the protocol...

Siemens to bid for Malaysia’s 3 rail electrification projects

12/12/2013 (Borneo Post - Indonesia): KUALA LUMPUR: After having successfully supplied trains and systems for Express Rail Link Sdn Bhd’s (ERL) maiden air-rail link in 2002, German engineering giant, Siemens AG, is eyeing three rail development projects in Malaysia for next year.

Siemens chief executive officer for Rail Electrification, Mirko Dusel said the group was keen to participate in the much anticipated RM160 billion rail developments projects which were recently offered by the government..

Australian Rail Expertise In Demand As Gulf Plans 10,000km Network

12/12/2013 (Bernama - Malaysia):MELBOURNE, Dec 12 (Bernama) -- Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) economies are diversifying and allocating hundreds of billions of dollars to major infrastructure developments, according to the Australian Trade Commission (Austrade).
"The GCC is embarking on a major diversification drive, boosting industry, urban development and tourism requiring extensive investment in freight and passenger transport," said Austrade's Said Metwalli, Trade Commissioner in Abu Dhabi...

GCC to Iran: Turn words into action

12/12/2013 (Khaleey Times - UAE ): In a statement issued at the end of a two-day summit in Kuwait City, the GCC leaders welcomed a new stand taken by the Iranian leadership towards the GCC states, hoping that such moves would be followed by tangible steps to reflect positively on peace, security and stability in the region.

They welcomed the preliminary agreement signed by the ‘P5+1’ countries with Iran in Geneva last November, calling it an initial step towards a comprehensive and lasting agreement on Iran’s nuclear programme that would end international and regional concerns..