KAZAKHSTAN’S LOGISTICS OPPORTUNITIES
Kazakhstan is rightfully gaining the reputation of the transit hub connecting Asia and Europe. Kazakhstan’s favorable geographical location lets to create an economic corridor between the countries. Kazakhstani scientists say that transport system needs to be improved in order to harness the existing potential. Firstly, transportation security needs to be improved to ensure smooth logistics. New technical regulations for high-speed communication, standards and norms for highways construction are being developed now. The need to develop the transport and logistics industries is reflected in the latest Kazakh President's address.
MURAT BEKMAGAMBETOV, DIRECTOR, RESEARCH INSTITUTE OF TRANSPORT AND COMMUNICATIONS:
- Unprocessed products such as grain, ore and coal will have to be transported across the long distance. Therefore, we will have to modernize the industry in order to minimize transportation costs of imported, exported and transit goods as much as possible.
Afghan government is hoping to receive help from Kazakhstan in the creation of regional transportation corridors, as stated by Afghan Deputy Foreign Minister Hekmat Karzai. Obviously, the transit of goods will be possible only in case if Afghanistan ensures security. Kabul pays attention to the fact that the government needs investments for a number of projects that are being elaborated now starting form road construction to development of mineral deposits.
HEKMAT KARZAI, DEPUTY FOREIGN MINISTER OF AFGHANISTAN:
- For us, our advantage as a country is that we would like to see ourselves as a bridge. We would like to connect different regions. We are very much trying to make sure that our relationship is strengthened, that not only just it’s strengthened but we have practical ideas, practical solutions. So, we are very much looking forward to signing different agreements that will allow us access. We are very much interested in providing and looking for support from Kazakhstan.