31 October, 2017

Sagintayev participated in the opening ceremony of Baku-Tbilisi-Kars railway corridor

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Yesterday, by the President Nursultan Nazarbayev’s errand, Prime-Minister Sagintayev participated in the opening ceremony of Baku-Tbilisi-Kars (BTK) railway corridor in Baku.

During the grand opening ceremony, Mr. Sagintayev noted the big importance of the new railway corridor and stressed that it will be the main infrastructural project in trans-Caspian international transport route.

“This corridor will help to increase transit opportunities between our countries. Kazakhstan locates in a heart of Eurasia and makes a great work to connect Europe and Asia. We were the first who supported BTK project. Azerbaijan, Turkey, and Georgia joined the project after Kazakhstan and China’s agreement in 2016. This decision has symbolic value for our capital city – Astana. It will lead to shipping increase through Kazakhstan”, said Sagintayev.

In addition, Prime Minister reported that Kazakhstan invested about $28 billion for last 9 years. The government paid a special attention to a trans-Caspian corridor and constructed 1700 km of railway and 3500 km of road. He also noted that the Aktau port was reconstructed and built a new Kuryk ferry port.

“Recently, we shipped the first million ton of goods. We expect that circulation will be 25 tons for a year. Kazakhstan invests about $10 billion to a trans-Caspian project. So we provided the shortest way to transfer goods from China, Central Asia, and Russia to this corridor”, stressed Prime Minister and congratulated members with the historic event.

New railway corridor is the main part of the international road. It starts from China and passes through Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan, Georgia, and Turkey then by some Eastern Europe countries gets to west Europe. This route can transfer cargo on 12-14 days, whereas previously by seaways it took 40-45 days.

Baku-Tbilisi-Kars corridor will use locomotives constructed in “Locomotive construction factory” JSC and “Electric locomotive construction factory”. To date 10 locomotives are ready.

All participants of the opening ceremony dwelled that BTK is one of the best projects over the last 10 years. As Azerbaijan President Ilham Aliyev said, cooperation and friendly relations between countries would increase.

By the end, leaders symbolically hanged golden piles through the road and opened the plaque.

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