"Turkey, Russia and Azerbaijan Railways Between the Baku-Tbilisi-Kars (BTK) Memorandum of Understanding on Cooperation in the Railway Route Signing Ceremony" May 07, 2019 was held on Tuesday, Transport and Infrastructure Ministry hosted in Ankara JW Marriot Hotel.
Minister of Transport and Infrastructure, M.Cahit Turhan, Minister of Industry and Technology Mustafa Varank, Minister of Culture and Tourism Mehmet Nuri Ersoy, Minister of Transport, Communications and High Technologies Ramin Guluzade, General Director of TCDD Ali Ihsan Uygun, General Director of Azerbaijan Railways Cavit Gurbanov, Russian Railways General Manager Oleg Belozerov and Ankara Chamber of Commerce (ATO) President Gursel Baran and officials from three countries attended.
TURHAN: “It will give the railway line a commercial momentum”
At the ceremony, Minister of Transport and Infrastructure M. Cahit Turhan, 30 October 2017 date of the Baku-Tbilisi-Kars Railway Line, recalling the official opening, this line is very strategic importance for both countries and the region underlined.
BTK Line of starting with China in Southeast Asian countries, Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, the Central Asian countries such as Azerbaijan and then Georgia, neighboring and friendly countries such as Russia, Europe via Turkey, Turhan striking connect the Middle East and Africa, this line is the same He also emphasized that countries on the new Silk Road will contribute directly to the economy, as in the time of the old Silk Road, and it is one of the basic sections of the uninterrupted transportation network between Asia and Europe.
Turhan pointed out that the importance of the BTK Line, which they believe will have positive results for everyone in terms of economy, is increasing day by day in neighboring countries and regional countries that have a share in Asian-European trade. and will have access to Central Asian countries faster, safer and more economically. ” used the expression.
Turkey voicing Turhan side as found in the effort to make the necessary investments, "in order to complete the construction work of the project and we want to ensure we fulfill our responsibility." said.
Minister Turhan, located at one end of the historic Silk Road, China, in recent years, the implementation of projects to improve the transportation network in the past, said that the countries of the region also mobilized, everyone, but only in the case of co-operation in the economic area of interest, he said.
Turhan emphasized that the railroads sectors are required to provide the necessary cooperation and coordination in order to ensure that the countries can obtain the necessary share from this trade.
“This imperative, which contains a highly meaningful strategy, gains a much more vital importance with big projects such as Marmaray Tube Pass, Yavuz Sultan Selim Bridge, North Marmara Motorway and Eurasia Tunnel. In addition to generating transit traffic on the east-west axis, with our big projects I have mentioned, great savings will be achieved in time-cost point. These large projects will provide significant support to the socio-economic well-being of the countries in the region as well as economic growth and development models. ”
Turhan, multi-faceted basic infrastructure projects should be put into consideration by considering the regional aspects of the implementation of projects in addition to the contribution to the country, as well as the impact of the projects in the region should be calculated according to the countries reported to him.
Expressing that the Memorandum of Understanding signed between the three countries will further strengthen the existing cooperation in the field of railroad and carry it to advanced levels, Minister of Transport and Infrastructure M. Cahit Turhan said: I believe it will gain momentum. ” made evaluations.
UYGUN: aç BTK will open the way for more efficient and active use of the railway line UYG
TCDD General Director Ali Ihsan If appropriate, the Memorandum of Understanding Signing Ceremony of our country, expressed his satisfaction due to its being done geographic location as Turkey's railway reminded located on the main transport corridor between Asia and Europe.
The 2003 billion Turkish Liras, which has been invested in 527 since 126, has been allocated to 7 billion Turkish Liras as railroads which are accepted as state policy. 40 has been successfully operated by constructing 1.213 km high speed railway line, which serves XNUMX of our province and our population. Il
Making sense of uninterrupted rail transportation in the East-West corridor, Marmaray's Baku-Tbilisi-Kars railway in 2013, Gebze-Halkalı also stated that the railroad was opened on 12 March 2019. We are planning to start our test flights in Ankara-Sivas.
In addition, the planned construction of Sivas-Erzincan and Erzincan-Erzurum-Kars Halkalı-Kapıkule high-speed railway projects will be integrated into the Baku-Tbilisi-Kars railway line. Thus, Turkey, Georgia, Azerbaijan, will contribute to the economic and social life of Russia and Central Asian countries.
When these studies are completed, starting from Kars to Edirne ranging from high-speed and high-speed rail with Turkey, Europe the Middle East, Central Asia, Russia, and will become an important rail corridors for transport will be to China. "He said.
With the law enacted in 2013 railway lines in Turkey has now provided the opportunity to make transportation of the private sector in the world and in Europe, our country of companies operating in this field, emphasizing that they consider important to have in transport operations on the railway infrastructure of the TCDD General Director Ali Ihsan appropriate, "brother country Azerbaijan and With our friend Russia, trade volume has increased in recent years. As of today 20 million tonnes in excess of transport is carried out between Turkey and Russia and has the potential to increase much more.
This transport, mainly by rail in Russia, while in transit in Turkey is carried out mainly by sea.
Today here as the 3 friendly country railway administrations; It is aimed to carry the Baku-Tbilisi-Kars railway line up to 6 million tons through Russia. One of the positive contributions of this line is to ensure that the products produced by our small and medium-sized industrialists in our country, in a faster, safer and more economical way, to Russia and Central Asia markets.
With the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to be signed in the presence of our Ministers today, a joint working group will be formed for the more effective and active use of the BTK railway line and a calendar will be prepared.
I wish that the Memorandum of Understanding to be signed will be beneficial for all three countries, and I would like to express my respects. İm
Following the speeches, TCDD General Manager Ali Ihsan Uygun, General Director of Azerbaijan Railways Cavit Gurbanov and Russia Railways Director General Oleg Belozerov signed Memorandum of Understanding.
He presented a plaque to the senior executives attending the event at the end of the ceremony.