Kazakhstan strengthens transport infrastructure
Kazakhstan is developing relations in all international vectors. The country strengthens cooperation with Turkmenistan, which is not only a fraternal state for Kazakhstan, but also an important economic and strategic partner. Both countries are cooperating very closely in transport and logistics. There is a railway corridor North-South, which connects Kazakhstan with Iran, and in prospect, opens the possibility to transport cargoes from Russia, China and Pacific region in the Gulf countries. Therefore, the last Global Transport Forum is another opportunity to find new solutions.
Ban-Ki Moon urges companies to adopt innovative technologies, reducing greenhouse gas emissions. According to the UN Secretary-General, three million people die each year from polluted air. In order to solve the global challenge, negotiations are not enough, investments are required. Especially in countries that do not have access to the world’s oceans. Kazakhstan is a land-locked state, but the country is actively investing in the transport and logistics infrastructure. In 6 years, Kazakhstan invested $23 billion, and plans to allocate $12 billion more.
ASKAR MAMIN, FIRST DEPUTY PRIME MINISTER OF KAZAKHSTAN:
Kazakhstan in recent years has built 2,500 km of new railway lines that optimize the international transport corridors in the East-West, North-South and trans-Caspian connections.
Each of these transport corridors plays a key role not only for Kazakhstan. For example, it has become more profitable for China to ship goods to Europe via Kazakhstan, and not by sea. Experts expect the same progress in the North-South direction.
DIAS ISKAKOV, CHAIRMAN, KTZ EXPRESS JSC:
Now traffic is underway in a pilot mode. From next year, cargo that comes to us from China, Iran, Russia and China will gradually increase from 20,000 containers and reach 680,000 units.
Sustainable transport means also safe transport. Every year more than one million people are killed in road accidents.
JEAN-PIERRE LOUBINOUX, DIRECTOR-GENERAL, INTERNATIONAL UNION OF RAILWAYS:
That is we know as well that rail investments are very important for sustainable mobility, because it is very low in terms of emissions, and has very high capacity. So I’m very happy of the outcome of this conference and the discussions.
The carriages are clutched and another railway corridor has officially been launched. This highway will open up the markets of Afghanistan, Pakistan and Tajikista for Turkmenistan. However, Kazakhstan will also be able to gain benefit from the new line.
Dias ISKAKOV, CHAIRMAN, KTZ EXPRESS JSC:
As a partner of Turkmenistan in the region, we can use these railways, if necessary. Everything depends on the wishes of our client.
Efficient transport system is the driver of economic development. International trade and the quality of life of the ordinary people depend on the efficiency and quality of the transport system. Kazakhstan also with its huge transit potential is making a significant contribution to improving the logistics infrastructure of the entire Central Asian region.