Kazakhstan has a significant transit potential as the junction between Europe and Asia. This is a valuable strategic resource that can give a competitive advantage to the republic on the world stage. Kazakhstan’s railway workers presented prospects for logistics development at a meeting with Chinese colleagues. A conference on the integration of the state program "Nurly Zhol" and the Chinese development strategy "One Belt - One Road" was held in Beijing. The participants noted that a large number of goods are shipped from China to Europe, Central Asia and the Persian Gulf via Kazakhstan’s railways, while the carrying capacity of Altynkol and Dostyk stations on the border with China has increased to 40 million tonnes. At the same time, much attention is paid to the transportation of goods along the trans-Caspian route. By 2020, the volumes will be increased to 300,000 containers, and the Kazakh railway will serve 15 routes between China and Europe.

AMANZHOL IBRAGIMOV, ADVISOR TO PRESIDENT OF KAZAKHSTAN TEMIR ZHOLY:

 - A huge amount of work was accomplished at Kuryk port. More than 1 million tonnes of cargo has been shipped already. A big ferry for cars will be put into operation by the end of the year.

LIU BIN, GENERAL MANAGER, LIANYUNGANG CHINA-KAZAKHSTAN INTERNATIONAL LOGISTICS COMPANY:

 - We are planning to increase the number of containers passing through the Lianyungang logistics port to 250,000 by the end of the year. This figure was 176,000 containers last year. This year, the volume of shipment increased by 1 million 500 thousand tonnes. In 2018, we intend to transport 200 thousand tonnes of Kazakh grain to South-East Asia. On the way back, we can import exotic fruits, and reduce transportation costs.

Kazakhstan's transit and transport capabilities were also discussed in South Korea. In Seoul, the seminar participants spoke about the revival of the Great Silk Road and the implementation of "Nurly Zhol" state program. South Korea is interested in Kazakhstan and other countries of Eurasia. The official Seoul planned to create a free trade zone with the EAEU countries. Four years ago, South Korea leadership announced the Eurasian initiative. It assumed the creation of an "iron Silk Road", which would connect South Korea with Europe through North Korea, Russia, China and the countries of Central Asia.

SING YONG KHAN, FORMER CHAIRMAN OF YOUTH COMMITTEE:

 - South Korea wants to access Europe through the Silk Road. I know that Kazakhstan occupies a special place between China, Russia and Europe. I think we should promote the Chinese initiative "One belt, one road" and the Eurasian initiative proposed by Korea.

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