IDSA Scholars Speak at Conference on North-South Transport Corridor from Russia to India at FSI

May 18, 2017

IDSA scholars, Dr G Balachandran, Dr Ashok Behuria and Ambassador P Stobdan delivered keynote addresses at the stakeholders conference on ‘North-South Transport Corridor - Express Corridor from India to Russia’ held at Foreign Service Institute (FSI) on May 18, 2017. Shri Shankar Shinde from Federation of Freight Forwarder’s Association of India (FFFAI) also addressed the gathering.

Joint Secretary Shri G V Srinivas (Eurasia) of MEA and by Mr Alexey Pogonin, Counsellor (Political) of the Russian Embassy in New Delhi, delivered the opening remarks. Members of the diplomatic community, freight forwarders, media, representatives of various ministries, officers and staff of Foreign Training Institute, were also in attendance. Online attendees included members of the Indian Embassy in the Eurasian region, ICWA and members of the business community.

The discussion centred around the 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.