BAKU, Azerbaijan, October 22
By Nargiz Sadikhova - Trend:
The work on the Aktobe-Kandyagash project is progressing in Kazakhstan, an official at Asian Development Bank (ADB) told Trend.
Currently two CAREC transport projects are under implementation in Kazakhstan: CAREC Corridors 1 and 6 Connector road reconstruction projects (Aktobe-Makat and Aktobe-Kandyagash), the ADB representative said.
The project aims to reconstruct the 89-kilometer highway connecting Aktobe and Kandyagash and strengthen the institutional capacity of KazAvtoZhol. The project is aligned with the following impact: more jobs created and Kazakhstan integrated into the regional and global economic system (Kazakhstan 2050 Strategy).
The official noted that major work under Aktobe-Makat project are expected to be completed by the end of 2021.
Contracts under Aktobe-Kandyagash project were awarded in November 2020, personnel and equipment have been mobilized and works are progressing. The project is due for closure in 2025.
Commenting on whether the COVID-19 pandemic had its effects of these projects, the official said that some slowdown in work was caused by the COVID-19 related restrictions.
The Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation (CAREC) Program is a partnership of 11 countries and development partners working together to promote development through cooperation, leading to accelerated economic growth and poverty reduction.
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