Kazakhstan’s “Nurly Zhol” program and China’s One Belt, One Road initiative have common goals. Experts expressed this opinion at the “Modern Silk Road: More Than Economy” workshop held in Astana. The participants discussed ways of strengthening trade and economic cooperation with the countries of the region and the world. Experts also mentioned that competitiveness of Kazakhstan’s goods on the global market in many aspects depends on the effective and rapid development of domestic infrastructure. The landlocked location of Kazakhstan, through which the Silk Road goes, has a number of advantages in boosting transits and economic development.

SANAT KUSHKUMBAYEV, DEPUTY DIRECTOR, KAZAKHSTAN INSTITUTE FOR STRATEGIC STUDIES:

- Kazakhstan is committed to developing its national transport infrastructure, that’s why we have the national “Nurly Zhol” program. It’s alignment with China’s One Belt, One Road initiative is not accidental because the two programs are integrated and have similar goals. The Kazakh government plans to improve the national and international transit infrastructures. And China’s One Belt, One Road initiative’s main objectives are aimed at strengthening transit potential of China and the Central Asian region.  

Chinese partners are willing to cooperate with the Kazakh colleagues to study the current economic processes, including digital transformation. China’s successful experience and latest innovative developments will be introduced in Kazakhstan. Over fifty Chinese enterprises of chemical, manufacturing and agricultural industries will start operating in Kazakhstan.

MIKHAIL MIRONENKO, EXPERT, CENTER FOR CHINA STUDIES:

- Kazakhstan’s importance for China will grow as our country is neighboring the second largest economy of the world. Land transits through the territory of Kazakhstan will also grow as it is a safe way to deliver raw materials. A gas pipeline goes from Turkmenistan to China, other energy resources and goods also transit through our transport routes.

The modern Silk Road is aimed at improving existing and creating new trade routes and transport and economic corridors. Experts forecast that it will connect over sixty countries of Central Asia, Europe and Africa.

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