Kazakhstan is building its transit potential. The country successfully uses its capabilities by participating in development of international transport corridors. According to Zhang Xiaotong, deputy director of the Institute of Transportation of Beijing University, today the China-Europe route isn’t possible without Kazakhstan. In recent years, freight transportation from China to European countries has largely doubled due to development of Kazakhstan's transport system, which includes simplified customs control procedure and a well-thought-out infrastructure. 104,000 containers delivered via Kazakhstan along the route China-Europe-China. By 2020, this figure will increase by 8 times.
ZHANG XIAOTONG, DEPUTY DIRECTOR, INSTITUTE OF TRANSPORTATION OF BEIJING UNIVERSITY:
The One Belt, One Road strategy consists of several directions. We can export goods to Europe in several ways. Nevertheless, the road that passes through Kazakhstan is the main direction. Today Kazakhstan successfully uses its transit potential by significantly contributing to the continuous activity of the China-European direction. It is planned to increase the traffic to 5000 trains a year. Therefore, we need to raise the level of partnership in this area by one more step.
Luke Coffey, director of Foreign Policy Center, spoke in Washington about Kazakhstan’s great transit possibilities.
LUKE COFFEY, DIRECTOR, FOREIGN POLICY CENTER:
- Kazakhstan being the heart of Eurasian land mass which means it is a very important role in future development of all these modernized and newly established trade roads. It is going to play an important role in transiting goods from China to Europe and from Europe back to China. With this location of Caspian sea it is going to play an important role and the regional trade. It would be very good for the US and new Trump administration so to be more active in the region and to be more aware of what’s going on