Uzbekistan develops international railway corridors

05.07.2015

Uzbekistan develops international railway corridors

Uzbekistan, too, wants to make a name for itself as a transit country. At the international “Transport corridor Uzbekistan-Latvia-EU" conference in Tashkent in early June, the representative of the Uzbek Ministry for Foreign Economic Relations, Investments and Trade, Davron Khodjaev, explained his government’s plans to advance the country’s transport routes. As a result of diversification, the transport routes from Uzbekistan are being developed - in nine directions. At this time, three new transport corridors are being tested for use, he said. “The first corridor, towards the European countries, uses the Baku-Alkhakalaki-Kars railway connection. The other, currently very important connection towards China and South East Asia goes via Khorgos, the new logistics hub at the Kazakh-Chinese border.  And the third corridor leads to Europe via the Turkish port of Mersin with transit through Turkmenistan, Iran, and Turkey”, he said.
16 projects to develop rail connections are scheduled in Uzbekistan between 2015 and 2019. All in all, 20 railway and road transport connections cross the country.  With its intensified orientation on transit traffic, the Silk Road is gaining additional importance.

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