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Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan plan to start construction of high-speed railroad

Transport Materials 26 January 2021 17:47
Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan plan to start construction of high-speed railroad

BAKU, Azerbaijan, Jan. 26

By Klavdiya Romakayeva - Trend:

Plans to build a high-speed railroad on the Turkestan-Shymkent-Tashkent route were announced by the Prime Minister of Kazakhstan Askar Mamin at an expanded government meeting with the participation of the President of Kazakhstan, Kasym-Zhomart Tokayev, Trend reports citing official information resource of the Prime Minister of Kazakhstan.

According to PM, the construction of a new railway line will increase the tourist flow.

He also noted that realization of this project will create 22,000 new jobs in the tourism industry with an increase of 50 percent, as well as 100,000 new jobs in related sectors of the economy of Kazakhstan

In addition, domestic tourist flow will amount to about 4.5 million people, showing an increase of 22 percent. The share of tourism in Kazakhstan's GDP will be increased to 5.2 percent.

Earlier it was reported that the authorities of Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan decided to establish cooperation in the field of tourism. For this, a special program was developed, implying a simplified and unified visa regime that allows people to move freely between states.

"Now we have agreed that very convenient conditions will be created on the border of the two countries, between Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan, to reduce and simplify border crossing procedures. Much work has been done from the Uzbek side. Now the Kazakh side at the Zhibek Zholy post is doing a great job on their reconstruction," Deputy Prime Minister of Uzbekistan Aziz Abdukhakimov said.

He also added that this work should be continued at other posts, so that tourist buses can cross the border with minimal time costs.

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