Central Asian Rail Summit, hosted by Turkey State Railways (TCDD) was held in Ankara with the participation of officials of Iran, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan.

According to information received from Kabar.kg news site, at the Central Asian Railway Summit, container transportation tariff, establishment of logistics centers, opening of railway lines and cooperation in this area were discussed.

The summit was held in Ankara Hotel Conference Hall with the participation of TCDD General Manager Ali İhsan Uygun, Chairman of the Board of TCDD Transportation Inc. Kamuran Yazıcı, Chairman of the National Railways of Kazakhstan Sauat Mynbaev, Deputy Minister of Iranian Road and Urbanization Saeid Rasouli, Vice President of Turkmenistan Railways Agency Recepmammet Recepmammedov and Chairman of Uzbekistan Railways Husnitdin Hasılov.

In the summit where the lines and common tariffs to be established within the framework of the Southern Transport Corridor for international rail transport are discussed, China-Kazakhstan-Uzbekistan-Turkmenistan-Iran-Turkey route in terms of container transport was laid on the table of tariffs.

At the summit, the arrangements for the circulation of freight wagons in accordance with international standards of TCDD by bilateral agreements were evaluated, focused on making logistics centers in connecting points in certain regions of Turkey, Iran and Kazakhstan.

After the talks, the Central Asian Railways Summit Goodwill Protocol was signed between the parties.

“We aim to increase trade volume.”

TCDD Director General Uygun, in his speech, stated that the trade between Europe and Asia is increasing day by day, said the situation makes railways more attractive.

Within this scope, the Director emphasized that they aim to increase the trade volume among the countries of the region by creating a new transportation corridor, which may also be called the Southern Transportation Corridor also noted: “In recent years, China has been implementing important projects to improve its transport network. This project with fly freight trains from China, South Transport Corridor rail line from Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, a major commercial opportunity for our countries to reach Europe via Iran and Turkey. I firmly believe that we will turn this opportunity into profit on behalf of our countries through close cooperation. As TCDD, we always wish to contribute to our cooperation and to keep our relations at the highest level.”

The Southern Transport Corridor is seen as the new silk route, as it is of great importance for the Chinese trade, especially transportation and transport, to the west through Central Asia.

Kaynak: http://kabar.kg/tur/news/orta-asya-demiryollar-zirvesi/