A bridge in Turkey logistics: Transport, Maritime Affairs and Communications Minister Ahmet Arslan, launched by China "a Belt Way" project in accordance with the Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO) member stating that they want to create a transport corridor in the region of the country, "Of course, the most important link in the corridor between Asia and Europe, we want to be Turkey. She also talks with China to make the railways in Turkey continues. " said.
Arslan, who attended the 13th ECT Leaders Summit held in Pakistan's capital Islamabad with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, said in his statement that it is the “sine qua non” of the national economy.
While projects in the ministry in Turkey only Arslan, explaining that they think the local scale, "In this region, especially the completion of the transport corridor on behalf of the facilitation and trade links with each of the 10 countries included in the ECO, which is also important to become the complement of the central corridor between both Asia and Europe . We are doing this. ” he spoke.
Minister Arslan, stating that economic issues are mainly addressed in the summits for cooperation, “Again, at these summits, planning the transportation corridors, which are indispensable for the economy, to complement a corridor of all countries is on the table. In this regard, Turkmenistan, Azerbaijan, Georgia coming from Turkey via Iran to Turkey through the hallway to go to Europe and an important corridor will go to Europe. We also evaluate all these projects together. We already meet at the Ministerial level from time to time so that we can plan these corridors together and move on. This summit passes in their upper umbrella in the way that all countries evaluate together and make the final decision. ” used expressions.
Turkey logistics in bridge position
Cargo transportation in Turkey, Arslan stressed that the bridge, said:
“Our country is a bridge in the sense of the shortest route. There are corridors going over Russia from the north of the Black Sea, there are corridors going overseas from the south of Iran, but since they take a lot of time, it means both time and cost. Whereas the corridor leading out of Turkey, may render uneconomic transportation shortness economic genius, it has the advantage. As our President emphasizes at the summit, we are planning and doing big projects as complementary to these main corridors. Yavuz Sultan Selim Bridge was considered as a complement to this main corridor when connecting Europe and Asia and planning to have a railroad on it. The Marmaray project, together with the Baku-Tbilisi-Kars project, makes the railway uninterrupted between Europe and Asia. I think the summit was very productive and very positive. Of course, it was much better to have participation at the level of Mr. President. ”
Arslan pointed out that the Osmangazi Bridge is a complementary to a corridor that can go to Europe and made the following evaluations:
“When it comes to air transportation, the 3rd airport in Istanbul is very important for completing the air corridor both for our country and for the world. We plan the sea ports as complementary to these corridors. These are important projects for our country, but they are also important complements of this corridor for this geography and especially for the transportation of the countries within the ECO to go to Europe. We facilitate the transportation in the country, but we are not satisfied with it, we also complete the major transportation corridors in order for our country to get more shares from world trade. ”
Minister Arslan stated that the troubles experienced by Turkish trucks on Iran are on the agenda at the summit. The problems, solutions and expectations between the two countries are already on the table. ” said.
"One Generation One Road" project
Touching on the "One Belt, One Road" project initiated by China, Arslan continued as follows:
"By making continuous railway from east to west in our country, we are bringing together the divided highway streamlines transportation in Turkey. The provision of access to Central Asia via Turkey through the central corridor and we make the transition to Europe. I think these are an important supplement to the project. We want to create a corridor in this geography in accordance with China's 'One Belt One Road' project. Of course, the corridor is the most important link between Europe and Asia in Turkey we want to be. She also talks with China to make the railways in Turkey continues. This is progressing very positively. Turkey is perhaps the level of citizens 'One Belt One Road' project may not yet very clear, but Turkey's decision makers who are planning Turkey's transport corridor, especially our President, we know very well, and we believe this project. "