‘The Era of Independence’: Building the transit potential
Kazakhstan has the opportunity to become a global transit center. For this purpose, the country has all the necessary components, specifically, geography, infrastructure and the communication development strategy. The experts highlighted the transit-transport potential of the republic. The catalyst of the process was the largest road project, the ‘Western Europe-Western China’ international corridor. President of Kazakhstan, Nursultan Nazarbayev also highlighted the country’s transit potential in his book titled ‘The Era of Independence.’
«This 8,000-kilometer long road corridor has allowed increasing road freight from China to the EAEU, and further to Europe. The Central Asian countries can have access to the corridor, too... In 2010, Kazakhstan went up in the Logistics Performance Index rating. In 2016, Kazakhstan jumped to 77th position among 160 different countries, and outranked all the EAEU and CIS countries. In the 21st century, Kazakhstan will be located at the intersection of communication flows between Europe and Asia. It is necessary to make the most effective use of this unique location in the interests of both Kazakhstan and the international community».
According to the people's representatives, the great future and economic advantages lies in development of the country’s transport and transit potential. Member of Mazhilis Albert Rau highlighted that Nursultan Nazarbayev’s book "The Era of Independence" focuses on this topic.
ALBERT RAU, MEMBER OF MAZHILIS, LOWER HOUSE OF KAZAKH PARLIAMENT:
- The President is a strategist, who defined realistically who we are, what we are and where we are. This is a lesson which means weaknesses can be turned into strength. One of the priorities was social and interethnic harmony. The second point is our geographical position. There is no access to the sea and communications are not developed. However, the transit potential was placed in a priority and we will turn this weakness into force by becoming a link between Europe and Asia.