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02 February 2024, 18:00

EAEU prime ministers expand list of priority transport projects

MOSCOW, 2 February (BelTA) - The heads of government of the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU) countries approved the expansion of the list of priority integration infrastructure projects in transport at the Eurasian Intergovernmental Council meeting in Almaty on 2 February, BelTA learned from the Eurasian Economic Commission (ECC).

“Of particular importance for the EAEU member states are the priority integration infrastructure projects, which are large-scale projects in the modernization and construction of road and railway communication routes with the focus on the development of Eurasian transport corridors and promising logistics routes. The projects are designed to ensure increased transport connectivity of our countries, promote transit and export-import transportation,” the EEC stressed.

Kazakhstan presented projects aimed at the development of the eastern International North-South Transport Corridor with the modernization of the railway infrastructure of the Russia-Central Asia corridor and the introduction of new railway lines. These projects envisage modernization of the existing railway infrastructure on the sections Orsk-Kandyagash-Makat-Beyneu-Bolashak, Iletsk-1-Aktobe, Chelyabinsk-Tobol-Nikel’tau and Aksarayskaya-Makat, Shalkar-Beyneu-Mangystau, belonging to the North-South corridor, as well as the construction of the Darbaza-Maktaaral railroad and second railroad tracks on the Kazaly-Arys section belonging to the Russia-Central Asia corridor.

Kyrgyzstan proposed to include two projects: reconstruction of the bypass road of Bishkek city and construction of a railroad from Balykchy to Jalal-Abad, connecting the railway infrastructure of the north and south of the country. Implementation of the projects will develop a unified internal railway network of the country and increase the capacity of transit routes through Kyrgyzstan.

“The projects will make transit more comfortable, significantly reduce the costs of cargo owners when moving cargo through the territory of the EAEU countries. This is an opportunity for them to become a link between the markets of Europe, Asia and the Middle East,” member of the Board (Minister) for Energy and Infrastructure of the EEC, Arzybek Kozhoshev said.

“In the current geopolitical conditions, the world's logistics chains changing and traditional international transportation being reformatted, the Five countries are actively developing their transport infrastructure,” the EEC added.

In August 2022, the heads of government of the Five countries agreed on a list of priority integration transport projects of the EAEU, which includes seven projects from all member states, six of which concern the construction or reconstruction of roads of international importance, and one pertaining to rail transport.
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