Turkmenistan - important transit and transportation hub
Ashgabat, Turkmenistan, Sept. 17
By Huseyn Hasanov– Trend:
Turkmenistan, which has a favorable geographical location, has recently strengthened its position of an important transit and transportation hub of regional and continental importance.
A large international airport commissioned in Ashgabat September 17 will be of great importance for the country.
Currently, the Turkmenistan Airlines, in addition to domestic flights, carries out regular flights to dozens of countries.
The area of the flights is constantly expanding. In June, Europe’s largest carrier, Cargolux Airlines International, started cargo flights from Luxembourg to Turkmen city of Ashgabat.
The commissioning of the new railway Uzen-Gyzylgaya-Bereket-Etrek-Gorgan (Kazakhstan-Turkmenistan-Iran) in December 2014 can be stressed as a significant step in this direction.
The Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Tajikistan railway line is being constructed.
Moreover, a large sea port is being also constructed in the port of Turkmenbashi.
Today, creating favorable conditions for the cargo transportation, the smooth functioning of international transport and transit corridors are key factors promoting sustainable economic development.
While delivering speech, Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov said that Turkmenistan draws attention to the importance of safe transport and transit corridors.
The speech was timed to the Ashgabat-initiated resolution "Role of transport and transit corridors in ensuring international cooperation for sustainable development" adopted by the UN General Assembly.
The resolution calls on UN member-states, international and regional organizations to contribute to the expansion of cooperation among the sides involved in the creation and operation of international transport corridors.
The resolution lays the basis for the formation of transport networks, combining road, rail, sea and air routes through intermodal logistics centers and ports.
The UN resolution envisages the mobilization of financial and technical resources from the international monetary and financial institutions.
Turkmenistan borders Kazakhstan, Iran, Uzbekistan and Afghanistan onshore, and Azerbaijan, Russia, Kazakhstan and Iran offshore.
Trend commentator Huseyn Hasanov