Kazakhstan can become the central Asian-European economic hub. In order to become a major hub between Southeast Asia and Europe, transportation and logistics hubs are being formed in Kazakhstan. As part of the Nurly Zhol program, President Nursultan Nazarbayev set the task to build hubs across the territory of Kazakhstan. The new Eurasian logistics infrastructure is one of the important priorities in the third modernization program. Major investments have already been made in this sphere and now it is necessary to benefit the economic growth, states the Kazakh President’s address. The establishment of transport and logistics hubs is facilitated by Kazakhstan’s favorable geographical position in the center of the Eurasian continent, as well as the country’s participation in such large associations as the EAEU and WTO. These advantages were emphasized by UNECE Executive Secretary Christian Friis Bach after a meeting with Kazakh Foreign Minister Kairat Abdrakhmanov in Geneva.

CHRISTIAN FRIIS BACH, UNECE EXECUTIVE SECRETARY:

We see Kazakhstan’s becoming a regional and a global leader in a number of areas related to energy, becoming bridge between east and west, between Asia and Europe, in transport and in trade. And Kazakh economy we believe can, if we were together, have bright future, becoming exactly central hub, and central bridge.

KAIRAT ABDRAKHMANOV, KAZAKH MINISTER OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS:

The Kazakh President’s address on the third modernization was presented to the participants of two UN major events. I would like to stress that the Kazakh President’s theses were warmly welcomed and perceived by many participants of Geneva events.

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