Astana, Kazakhstan, June 24
By Daniyar Mukhtarov - Trend:
The 19th meeting of the Project Working Group on Transport and Border Crossing of the UN Special Program for the Economies of Central Asia (SPECA) was held in Almaty, according to the Kazakh Ministry of Transport and Communications.
The meeting was chaired by Kazakh Deputy Minister of Transport and Communications Azat Bekturov.
The representatives of transport and customs agencies of Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan, Afghanistan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, as well as representatives of international organizations, financial institutions and associations attended the meeting.
The participants stressed the priority projects in road, rail and inland waterway transport.
The construction project of the "Western Europe-Western China" international transit corridor, the "Baku-Tbilisi-Kars" railway line project, the "Uzen Gorgan-Gyzylgaya-Bereket-Etrek" railway line project and the "Zhezkazgan Beyneu" new railway route construction project were also among them.
Meanwhile, special attention was paid to the need of SPECA member-states' support for a decision on participation in the intergovernmental agreement on dry ports. The procedure of Kazakhstan's joining the agreement is planned to be implemented in 2014.
The project working group is the UN working body in the field of transport and border crossing. It conducts research, works out the projects for the development of transport infrastructure, facilitates the procedures at the borders of the participating countries, as well as forms a common transport policy.