The realization of transit potential is one of the priority directions of Kazakhstan's economic policy. Last year due to the transport strategy, the foreign trade turnover of the South-Kazakhstan region increased by nearly 30% which is US$2 billion 756 million. This became possible after the commissioning of the ‘Western Europe - Western China’ highway. In the region, all sites were handed over, with the exception of the tunnel in the Tulkubas district. However, before the end of the year they promise to launch it. The businessmen recognized the multiplier effect of a major project. Immediately the 400 local entrepreneurs opened a business along the highway.

AINUR SYZDYKOVA, ENTREPRENEUR:

 - We are developing the service and providing  conditions for truckers, so they can refuel and use the car wash.

MUKHIT AKHMETOV, HEAD, RESEARCH INSTITUTE :

 - We have to complete the construction of a tunnel facility between Shymkent and the Zhambyl region. By December, we plan to hand it over.

According to the mayor’s office of the region, after the construction of the highway, the freight and passenger transportation doubled in the region. Thanks to the infrastructure, it became more profitable to trade with the neighboring states.

BATYRKHAN KURMANSEIT, HEAD, SOUTH KAZAKHSTAN DEPARTMENT OF ENTREPRENEURSHIP :

 - With the construction of the Western Europe - Western China highway we get the multiplier effect. The roadside business is developing, new jobs are created as well as new opportunities for attracting foreign investments are emerging. Trade and logistics centers are built in our region.

The 21 tourist facilities will be built along the major highway. Most of the facilities are constructed as part of the public-private partnership. This means that the region will have the significant economic effect.

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