EIGHT OF THE MOST IMPORTANT COMPANIES IN URBAN TRANSPORT IN THE WORLD VISITED SPAIN TO PARTICIPATE IN THE INTERNATIONAL RAIL CONFERENCE HELD IN JUNE IN BILBAO
The Spanish rail industry continues its good work, therefore it is a center visits for by experts and foreign personalities who are interested in learning about the capabilities of the industry and the developments of the Spanish rail system.
From June 23rd to 27th, eight of the most important systems of the world’s leading urban transport visited Spain, with the organization of Mafex and the collaboration of Icex, Spain Trade and Investment. The visit of this delegation, composed of executives and managers of the following metros: Almaty (Kazakhstan), Cairo (Egypt), Lima (Peru), Panama City (Panama), Singapore (Singapore), Istanbul (Turkey), Algiers (Algeria ) and tram Tel Aviv (Israel). This was framed under the International Railway Conference “Urban Public Transportation: Subways and trams”, which took place in Bilbao.
During the conference, 38 Spanish companies had the opportunity to meet with foreign guests, in the more than 120 individual meetings Mafex had coordinated. We must also highlight the 30 technical visits that the foreign delegates made to numerous facilities and factories of Spanish companies as well as visits to the metro and tram of Bilbao. For example, Mr. Moshe Ben Alon, Director of Tel Aviv’s Red Line Tram, expressed to Mafex his “thanks for the warm welcome they had in Spain” and stressed “the success of the presentations and the organization of meetings with representatives of the various Spanish companies with whom I had the pleasure to talk and exchange ideas”.
The conferences benefited from presentations by foreign guests which released the developments and investments in the short and medium term for the different systems of urban transport of the eight participating cities. For example, Irfan Ipsir, Metro Istanbul, spoke of the expansion plans of the Istanbul Metro, which by 2019 will have a network of 400 km, and in Singapore, Mr. Chen Wah Low, said that it is “expected to double the current extension of the metro network in the city to reach 360 km by 2030, thanks to the construction of 4 new lines and the extension of another 4 existing ones.”
Seminar on Business Opportunities in Southeast Asia
During the month of March, from the 10th to the 14th, Mafex organized in collaboration with ICEX, Spain Export and Investment, a conference on “Business opportunities in the railway sector in Southeast Asia”, with the participation of various public and private authorities from the rail sector of this region.
The delegation was made up by 8 guests from 6 countries, including representatives of the Ministry of Urban Development and Ministry of Railways of India, the PK KAI of Indonesia, the Mass Rapid Transit of Malaysia (MRT, the Transportation Authority of Singapore (LTA), Railways of Thailand and Vietnam.