Transport and Infrastructure Minister M. Cahit Turhan, mega projects in Turkey with the Transit and Transport Cooperation Agreement (Lapis Lazuli) reported that they made great efforts to connect the corridor to Europe.
The International Transport Ministers Conference of the Parties to the Transit and Transport Cooperation Agreement was held in Turkmenbashi, Turkmenistan.
Attended the conference on behalf of Turkey Turhan, in his speech at the opening session, he said that Asian and European continents of economic and commercial relations between drawing attention to pass through a period of deepening reached $ 1,5 billion in trade per day between the two continents.
Turhan stated that this trade volume is expected to continue increasingly and reach 2025 billion dollars in 740, and emphasized that it is seen that it is of great importance to develop the transportation between the two continents when the trade volume is considered.
In this sense, Afghanistan Lapis Lazuli corridor, Turkmenistan, the Caspian Sea, Azerbaijan's economy between Georgia and Turkey trade relations and aimed at the development of transport links Turhan stated that a very important initiative, Europe and Asia, the Caspian Sea to the central corridor and Lapis Lazuli route He said that it was developing rapidly as two important corridors connecting them.
Turhan pointed out that all the countries that are party to the agreement have made great efforts in this direction and said:
“Undoubtedly, our steps towards infrastructure investments and facilitation of transportation will open the way for these routes to become more effective. The role of the Caspian transition is critical in the efficient service of this corridor. The recently opened Turkmenbaşı International Port was among the most important projects of the modern Silk Road. With this recently completed Baku-Tbilisi-Kars Railway Project, this port will connect Afghanistan and China to Europe via Central Asia as the links of a chain. This success of the sister country Turkmenistan is a great source of pride and pride for us. with mega-projects in Turkey, we're striving to connect this corridor to Europe. modern Silk Road developed road network and uninterrupted rail link with Turkey has become one of the important countries. "
The last 15 to strengthen the transportation infrastructure in the year 520 said that they invested a billion pounds Turhan, divided road length of 26 thousand 198 kilometers, highway length of the 2 thousand 657 kilometers was passed.
Turhan pointed out that the railway network has reached 12 thousand 710 kilometers and they continue to implement the 13 project, including the construction of new railway lines on the UN Trans-Asia Railway Network and the rehabilitation of existing lines.
Stating that they have increased the number of airports to 56 and that they will increase this number to 5 in the next 65 years, Turhan reminded that Istanbul Airport, which will serve with a passenger capacity of 200 million, was opened last month.
Turhan, stating that the development of transportation infrastructures is important but not enough, “Turning certain routes into priority transportation corridors is possible only by facilitating transportation on this line, by developing multimodal alternatives and logistics opportunities.” used the expression.
“Studies for the revival of the Silk Road are increasing”
Turkmenistan Deputy Chairman of the Council of Ministers of Turkmenistan, Mehmet Han Cakiyev, said that the efforts to revive the Silk Road regionally and nationally have increased and added:
"Lapis Lazuli Agreement within the framework of trade corridors in Afghanistan's central Ashgabat been Turgan, after connecting the Caspian, Baku continues until, after Tbilisi to Turkey and from Turkey will go to Europe. Combining Central Asia with Europe, this Transit Transport Corridor will also help improve our trade volume. This conference shows the world community that the slogan 'Turkmenistan is the heart of the Great Silk Road' has really come to life. ”
Stating that the ways of trade have helped countries like a vessel to develop and culturally integrated, Deputy Prime Minister of Azerbaijan Yakup Eyubov said, “Lapis Lazuli has a lot to do. We will be sending the test load in December, however we will have seen which areas need to be improved. ” said.
Representatives of Uzbekistan, Afghanistan and Georgia also spoke at the conference and expressed their demands for the road map of the Lapis Lazuli Agreement and its importance for the countries of the agreement.