Turkmenistan increases international freight volume
Turkmenistan, Ashgabat, May 24 / Trend H. Hasanov /
In January-April 2013, enterprises for road, rail and air transport demonstrated strong performance in Turkmenistan, according to the Turkmen government.
According to the report, during the reporting period, growth rate on the account of the Ministry of Railway Transport in terms of the volume of cargo transportation was 128.5 percent, for transportation of passengers - 105.7 percent. Similar figures on the account of the Ministry of Road Transport were respectively at 103.2 and 101.9 percent, whereas for the State National Service "Turkmenhowayollary" ("Turkmenistan Airlines") - 124.5 percent and 103.5 percent, respectively.
Passenger transportation growth on the account of the Public Service of Maritime and River Transport of Turkmenistan was at 123.7 percent.
Turkmenistan borders on land with Kazakhstan, Iran, Russia, Uzbekistan, Afghanistan, and on the Caspian Sea - with Azerbaijan Russia, Kazakhstan and Iran. Regional transport projects have intensified in recent years: large-scale reconstruction of the sea port of Turkmenbashi is at the preparation stage, motorways are being upgraded.
A project to link the railways in the Kazakh-Turkmen border was launched this month. Overall, the North-South project is implemented by the two neighboring countries jointly with Iran. A relevant tripartite intergovernmental agreement was signed in 2007. Linking the railway networks of Iran and Turkmenistan will be completed within a year.
The regional project will open an access to Central Asia and the Persian Gulf for the European and Asian countries. A similar opportunity will appear for transit of goods from countries in South and Southeast Asia, from the shores of the Indian Ocean to the countries of Northern and Eastern Europe - through Iran, Turkmenistan, Kazakhstan and Russia.
According to preliminary estimates, primarily on this highway will be transported to three to five million tons of cargo a year will be transported through this main line at the initial stage. Later, the figure will increase to 10-12 million tons. The project was implemented with the assistance of the Asian Development Bank and Islamic Development Bank.