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2014-03-19 14:35:14 - Francisco Luiz Baptista da Costa from Ministry of Transport Brazil clarified that the shareholders of the current rail concessionaires may participate in the auctions of railways within the new model proposed by government at LatAm Rail Opportunities.

March 19th 2014: Hilton Sao Paulo Morumbi, Brazil

Held under the Patronage of Ministry of Transport Brazil, LatAm Rail Opportunities commenced on 18th March 2014 at Hilton Sao Paulo Morumbi, Brazil. Opening remarks was delivered by the chairman Francisco Luiz Baptista da Costa from Ministry of Transport Brazil. Francisco updated the audience on the new opportunities in rail infrastructure investment with the Logistics Investment program in Brazil. He clarified that the shareholders of the current rail concessionaires may participate in the auctions of railways within the new model proposed by government. The bidding process will prevent the current special purpose entities ( SPE ) that owns railway concessions acquire new sections in order to stimulate competition among operators charge.

"The current

CNPJ concessions may not participate in the auctions," said Costa. He said the ministry had already given this information , but he said the market has further questions on the issue . He also expressed that allowing the shareholders of existing dealerships to participate in new ventures poses no risk to competition between operators because everyone will have to buy windows transport ( slots ) of railways Valec. To continue further Operations Manager for Valec , Alex Trevizan , informed the attendees that the state is negotiating price windows ( slots ) transport with America Latina Logistica ( ALL) , and Valley Transnordestina dealers to be resold on the market in the new model concessions , called open access . The action is part of the measures necessary for coexistence between the new model and the old rail system , vertical .

The price at which the slots will be passed on to the market during the transition , said Trevizan , will reflect the agreement between the state and the utilities value without Valec make a profit in the transaction . " Negotiations with Transnordestina are more advanced ," he said . " We talked with ALL and Vale , but with other dealerships have not because the mesh is not a connection," explained Trevizan. " Valec can buy spare capacity of existing concessions and put on sale. Either can expand capacity vertical dealership , having possession of the increased capacity and put it on the market . But that , of course , depends on negotiation because each vertical dealership have your requirement , "he added .

Second day of the summit will be chaired by Mario Dirani from National Department of Transport Infrastructure (DNIT ) - Brazil. He will elaborate on the creation of the National Institute of Railway Research, Brazil. He will expand on the importance of railway research in Brazil and the entities involved in railway research. Joubert Flores from Metro Rio will update the audience on the achievements and further plan of action for Metro Rio to meet the challenges of the Olympics. Post luncheon Laurence Casagrande Lourenço, President of DERSA (Road Development SA) will provide an update on the Northern section of São Paulo’s Rail Beltway. He will also discuss the outlook for more such projects for increasing the transport. efficiency in the region.

Silver sponsor for the summit Cummins Inc. will illustrate the features and share experiences of successful applications of modern high-speed diesel engines for locomotive and railcar applications. 21Net, second silver sponsor for the summit will reveal the challenges of offering Internet and multimedia on trains and discuss the current status of increased demand for bandwidth by passengers. Associate sponsor for LatAm Rail Opportunities will demonstrate the impact of new technologies on level crossings. Richard Aaroe from Wave Train Systems AS will propose new solutions based upon novel technology will reduce maintenance and operational costs and also Assist railway authorities utilize their funds and better investment.

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