CAREC Prefers Transit via Kazakhstan
Kazakhstan, Astana / Trend corr K. Arynova / The North Europe-Kazakhstan-China corridor was selected the most preferable. This decision was made by the participants of the 7th meeting of the Coordinating Transport Committee within the framework of Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation (CAREC) held last week in Manila (the Philippines), according to the Kazakhstan Transport and Communications Ministry.
"Six transport corridors of CAREC were put forward for consideration by the participants of the meeting. High level transportations via highways and railway, as well as prospects for growth of economy and trade, were indicated at the meeting," according to a press-release of the Ministry.
The following priority directions were noted during the discussions: rationalization of regional agreements on motor-transport transportations, formation of single frames for tariffs and collections for motor-ways and railways, harmonization of the weight and parameters of motor-car transport, strengthening of security measures of regional transportation and cuts in delays at border entry points.
Offers on development of transport corridors were also made by representatives of international organizations. The World Bank offered its services to increase efficiency of transport corridors and in research the potential liberalization of the aviation sector in the Central Asian region. TRACECA presented its program on assistance in development of transport in the region of CAREC. Representatives of the Asian Development Bank voiced essential conclusions on preliminary feasibility study on improvement of the state of three motor-ways (Bishkek-Torugart-Kashi, Dushanbe-Tursunzadeh and Angren-Gulistan, according to the document.
The meeting was attended by delegations from eight CAREC countries - Kazakhstan, Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, China, Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan, along with representatives from the Asian Development Bank (ADB), Economic and Social Commission for Asia and Pacific Ocean, UN Conferences on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), Europe-Caucasus-Asia transport corridor (TRASECA), Islamic Development Bank (IDB) and the World Bank (WB).