Transport sector in Kazakhstan has generated an income of US$3 billion in 2017

Transport sector in Kazakhstan has generated an income of US$3 billion in 2017

Transport sector in Kazakhstan has generated an income of US$3 billion in 2017. The data was provided by experts of the International Symposium on the alignment of One Belt, One Road and Nurly Zhol programs, which is part of the China – Central Asia – Western Asia international economic route. Kazakh and Chinese analysts discussed Kazakhstan’s transport potential in the city of Xi’an. President of Kazakhstan, Nursultan Nazarbayev has set the task to boost the volume of transit traffic by seven times to two million containers by 2020. According to analysts, the strategic task is currently being implemented.

ANAR RAKHIMZHANOVA, HEAD OF ECONOMIC STUDIES PROGRAM, CENTER FOR CHINESE STUDIES:

- At the 2016 G-20 Hangzhou summit, the presidents of Kazakhstan and China signed an agreement on alignment of the Silk Road Economic Belt and Nurly Zhol programs. We are implementing these programs concurrently. We verify and help each other in the implementation of the Kazakh and Chinese programs.  

LI DINGXIN, DIRECTOR, STRATEGIC STUDIES DEPARTMENT, CENTRAL COMMITTEE OF CHINA’S COMMUNIST PARTY:

- Alignment of One Belt, One Road initiative and Nurly Zhol program allowed us to gain good results that were never seen in history. This brought new developments in infrastructure projects. I think that in the future, we will achieve even bigger results. 

The growth of freight traffic through Kazakhstan from China to Europe is doubled every year. Large investments are made in the development of the transit logistics infrastructure in Kazakhstan. Direct routes to Turkey, Europe, Iran and Persian Gulf countries were established. In 2016, Kazakhstan ranked 40th position from 77th in the global ranking of the Logistics Performance Index. The higher ranking was due to the implementation of the Western Europe – Western China international transport route and the Kazakhstan – Turkmenistan – Iran railway route. Experts said that Kazakhstan’s role as a link between the emerging transcontinental routes will continue to grow. In the upcoming years, the Nurly Zhol program will become the major driver of the national economy.