Information published on 2 October 2018 in the UIC electronic newsletter "UIC eNews" Nr 616.

Kazakhstan: Heads of Railway Administrations of SCO countries discuss cooperation issues in Tashkent to expand transport services

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On 19 September 2018, the Chairman of the Board of NC Kazakhstan Temir Zholy JSC Kanat Alpysbayev took part and spoke at the first meeting of the heads of railway administrations of the member states of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation in Tashkent.

K. Alpysbayev noted the importance of the event in strengthening and intensifying the interaction of the railway administrations of the SCO countries in expanding the transport services market, improving the efficiency and potential capabilities of the railway industry.

“The transport industry of Kazakhstan with the support of the Head of State is developing at the most accelerated pace. International business alliances and integration associations are actively forming with the owners of the logistics infrastructure and transport operators. Container trains are successfully being developed. By 2020, it is planned to increase the volume of container transport to two million containers a year,” said the head of the Company.

There is active marketing in the promotion of transport and logistics products to attract new large customers in the global market.

“We are carrying out the export of goods from 17 major freight-provoking provinces in China, developing routes to the Caucasus and Turkey, working with the railways of Iran and Turkmenistan to attract cargo flows along the North-South corridor. A network of international transport and logistics routes passing through the territory of Kazakhstan has been formed,” said K. Alpysbayev.

K. Alpysbayev believes that “the provision of complete transport services from the point of departure to the destination on the territory of several countries on the principles of simplification of all administrative procedures, convenience and quality of service will be an important factor in the successful development of transcontinental transport and facilitation of international rail transport.”

The head of NC Kazakhstan Temir Zholy JSC expressed confidence that the decisions taken at the first meeting of the heads of the railway administrations of the SCO countries will contribute to the development of coordinated approaches to facilitate border crossing, removal of barriers, simplification of procedures affecting the unhindered movement of passengers and cargo.

The Chairman of the Board of JSC NC Kazakhstan Temir Zholy K. Alpysbayev held negotiations with the first Deputy Chairman of the Board of Uzbekiston Temir Yollari JSC F. Sagdullayev in Tashkent. The parties considered the issues of organisation of transport of grain cargo and flour in transit through the territory of Uzbekistan towards Afghanistan, provision of tariff preferences for the 2019 freight year.

As a result of the negotiations, the relevant Protocol was signed.
In addition, the head of “NC” Kazakhstan Temir Zholy " JSC met with the Minister of Railways of India R. Gohein, and also held a Tripartite meeting with the First Deputy Chairman of the Board of Uzbekiston Temir Yollari JSC F. Sagdullayev and the Director General of the National Railway Administration of Afghanistan M. Yamma Shamsom.

(Source: KTZ)