INTERNATIONAL: The Gulf Co-operation Council and the Intergovernmental Organisation for International Carriage by Rail have signed a memorandum of understanding which could lead to the GCC and its six member states Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the UAE acceding to the COTIF convention.

The convention provides a legal framework for international rail traffic. Following the meeting which was held at Bern in Switzerland on March 19, a seminar is planned for later this year to discuss the scope of co-operation between GCC and OTIF.