“The Conference noted with appreciation the valuable role of the Asian Institute of Transport Development (AITD) in arranging courses for railway personnel from South and South-East Asia to assist in the development of the Trans-Asian Railways network”
Ministerial Conference on Transport
Busan, Republic of Korea
The first Meeting of the chief executives of railways of BIMSTEC countries was held at New Delhi on 20-21 September 2004. The Meeting was jointly organised by the Ministry of Railways, Government of India and the Asian Institute of Transport Development (AITD), New Delhi. The participants included representatives from Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Myanmar, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Thailand, UN-ESCAP and AITD. The meeting noted that changes in technology and the operating environment require far-reaching transformations in the skill-set of the railway personnel. Some of the member countries having smaller railway systems do not have the necessary wherewithal to support training institutions in all disciplines. There is, therefore, need to pool regional resources for this purpose. A major initiative in this regard was the offer of the Indian Railways to train the railway personnel from the member countries free of cost with AITD coordinating in the matter. With this objective, this programme is being conducted by AITD on issues related to rail transport and has successfully completed 19 such training courses.