International Highway to Increase Kazakhstan’s Transit Potential
The countries of Central Asia are working together to create an integrated regional transport system. Construction of ‘Beineu - Akzhigit – Uzbek Border’ international highway is an important step in doing so.
The highways is part of the international transit and transport corridor “Tashkent-Beineu-Atyrau-Astrakhan” that provides access to the Kazakh Caspian seaports, connects the region with Europe.
Reconstruction of the motorway has allowed increasing the road speed from 50 to 100 kilometers per hour and boosting the freight traffic from 1,000 to 7,000 vehicles per day.
According to the Prime Minister of Uzbekistan, Abdulla Aripov, new highway gives an opportunity to strengthen trade and economic relations. This highway is important not only for Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan but also for all Central Asian states and will give impetus for the development of economies.
Since the beginning of the year, the trade turnover between Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan grew 25%, reaching $1 billion.
The new highway is the shortest route that allows the goods made in Central Asia to be delivered to Russia, the Caucasus and Europe.
In addition, this transport infrastructure will help to increase freight traffic through Kuryk seaport.