Kazakhstan plans to double cargo transit by 2020
Azerbaijan, Baku, Nov. 13 /Trend E. Kosolapova/
Kazakhstan plans to increase cargo transit through its territory from current 16.5 million tons to 35 million tons in 2020, Novosti-Kazakhstan quoted Kazakh Prime Minister Serik Akhmetov as saying.
"All implemented projects and those under implementation will enable us to increase cargo transit from Asia to Europe. According to the experts' forecasts, last year, freight traffic through our country hit 16.5 million, cargo by traffic through Kazakhstan will increase to 35 million by 2020 and to 50 million tons later," Akhmetov said at the third international rail business forum "1520 strategic partnership: Central Asia".
Among the main projects aimed at the Kazakh infrastructure development, Akhmetov mentioned the project on creating an international center of cross-border cooperation Khorgos on the border with China, creating the national transport and logistics operator which will integrate rail, sea, air and road transport of the country and Aktau sea port extension.
Moreover, according to Kazakh Prime Minister, the work is underway to create joint Kazakh-Russian-Belarusian transport and logistics company which will increase Asia-Europe route's transit potential.