DUSHANBE, 12 October (BelTA) – Kazakhstan suggests building a high-speed long-distance railway mainline Beijing-Astana-Moscow-Berlin, Kazakhstan Premier Bakytzhan Sagintayev said at the Meeting of the Council of Heads of Government of the Member States of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) in Dushanbe on 12 October, BelTA has learned.
“Kazakhstan advocates the construction of Eurasian high-speed railway mainline along the route Beijing-Astana-Moscow-Berlin. This project would bring together the promising cooperation formats of the SCO, the Eurasian Economic Union and in the future the European Union,” Bakytzhan Sagintayev said.
He deems it necessary to facilitate the movement of commodity flows in order to harness the increasing transit potential. This can be done by improving service and removing administrative barriers.
Kazakhstan invited countries having the status of observers and dialogue partners at the SCO to embark on joint projects in digital, transport and logistics infrastructure. This pertains, among other things, to the development of the Industry 4.0 technology and data centers.
The Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) was set up in 2001. Its member states include India, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan, Russia, China, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan. Belarus' status at the organization was upgraded from a dialogue partner to an observer in 2015.More about Economy