India, Switzerland to work together on Rail Transport

Swiss Federal Councilor
Railways Minister Piyush Goyal and Switzerland Federal Councilor Simonetta Sommaruga

Stockholm (NVI): India and Switzerland have decided to speedily work together in Rail Transport sector taking forward a related MoU signed between the two countries in 2017.

The decision came in the 1st Joint Working Group meeting recently between Indian Minister of Railways and Commerce & Industry Piyush Goyal and Switzerland Federal Councilor and Head of the Federal Department of the Environment, Transport, Energy & Communications, Simonetta Sommaruga here.

The discussions in Joint Working Group focused on Freight and Passenger Cars, Railway Electrification Equipments, Multimodal transport and tunneling technology. It was also agreed during the meeting that a regular system of follow-up will be institutionalized to monitor the progress of interactions and implementation in time bound manner.

The Swiss Federal Councilor thanked the Goyal for the prompt response in arranging and interactive session with the delegation and the representatives of Swiss companies working in the area of Rail Transport to showcase their expertise and new products.

She stressed the need for a continuous dialogue between the two sides to advance the common interests in finding innovative solutions to technological issues in Railways.

Minister of Railways while thanking the Swiss delegation, impressed upon the Make-in-India to enable their products to be competitive in India and use it as a platform for the global market. 

He directed that issues raised by Swiss companies in respect of expeditious clearance at RDSO and development of new products should be resolved and clarified by the Railway Board.

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