Kazakhstan, Russia mull co-op in transport
Kazakhstan, Astana, Sept. 17 / Trend A.Maratov /
Kazakh Transport and Communications Minister Berik Kamaliyev met with Russian Transport Minister Igor Levitin as a part of the VIII Russia-Kazakhstan Interregional Cooperation Forum, which runs with the participation of the two presidents, the Kazakh ministry reported.
"The sides mulled issue of conducting additional studies on the comparative analysis of the Eurasia cannel and Volga-Don canal to determine the best option to transport cargo from the Caspian Sea to the Black Sea. The minister also discussed the passage of the Kazakh vessels through waterways of Russia, which is now implemented on the authorization-based, as well as agreed on the need for non-licensing order," the report reads.
Regarding the road transport, the sides mulled situation with the Kazakh passenger buses, which due to the mismatch of size parameters (13.5 and 15 meters instead of 11.5 m - allowed by Russia) can not easily enter the territory of the Russian Federation. Kamaliyev asked to assist in this issue. In turn, Levitin expressed understanding and willingness to take measures to amend the legislation.
The Western Europe - Western China Project also was mulled during the meeting. Kamaliyev spoke about the current state of the construction. He said separate road sections will be ready in 2012 and it is planned to complete construction of the entire corridor in 2013.