Kazakhstan, Astana, Sept. 19 / Trend A.Maratov /
The first international forum Silk Road 2011 will focus on projects in transport and logistics, applying modern methods and technologies in supply chain management, the Kazakh Transport and Communications Ministry reported on Monday.
The forum is to be organized within the framework of the Eighth International Conference 'TransEurasia: Transit. Business. Integration' and will be held in Astana on Nov.11.
The key topics will be state policy in the transport and logistics industry, a master plan for a transport and logistics system in Kazakhstan, a master plan for integrated development and a special economic zone Khorgos - Eastern Gate, concept "5C: standards of transport logistics, Silk Road - transit potential projects and the implementing of Supply Chain Management.
"The transport logistics development is a priority for Kazakhstan as one of the conditions for successful implementation of the state programs for accelerated industrial-innovative development," the report reads.
An interdepartmental commission on the logistics system development was established under the Kazakh government with a view to further increase the country's transit potential. The Transport and Communications Ministry acts as the coordinator, and Kazakstan Temir Joly plays the role of logistics operator.
Experts now believe the Kazakh market of logistics services has been actively formed, and that companies providing freight forwarding and warehousing services are widely represented here. However, services for the integration and supply chain management and logistics infrastructure are not well developed.
The forum will be attended by the heads of the Industry and Trade Ministry, Transport and Communications Ministry, a number of transport authorities, customs brokers, representatives of foreign shipping companies and associations of Central and Northern Europe, the Baltic states, the Pacific and South-East Asia.