“Central Asian Railways Summit” was organized in Ankara with the participation of representatives of Iran Railways, Kazakhstan Railways, Uzbekistan Railways, and Turkmenistan Railways, hosted by TCDD General Directorate.
During the summit that was realized with the participation of Director-General of TCDD Ali İhsan Uygun, Chairman of National Railways of Kazakhstan Sauat Mynbaev, Deputy Minister of Road and Urbanization of the Islamic Republic of Iran Saeid Rasouli, Vice President of Turkmenistan Railways Agency Recepmammet Recepmammedov, Chairman of Uzbekistan Railways Husnitdin Hasılov and General Manager of TCDD Transportation Inc. Kamuran Yazıcı, arrangements were made to ensure the circulation of freight wagons of TCDD in accordance with international standards under bilateral agreements. Meeting also focused on issues relating to increasing the transport volume in the China-Kazakhstan-Uzbekistan-Turkmenistan-Iran-Turkey corridors and the activation of logistics centers and existing railway corridors at transfer points in specified areas of Turkey and Iran and Kazakhstan. The parties signed the Goodwill Protocol of the Central Asian Railways Summit.
Increasing the trade volume is targeted
Speaking at the summit, Director-General of TCDD Ali İhsan Uygun said that the trade between Europe and Asia is increasing day by day and this situation makes the railways more attractive. Recalling that they aim to increase the volume of trade between the countries of the region, Uygun said: “In recent years, China has been implementing important projects to improve its transport network. With these projects, the freight trains departing from China with the activation of the existing Iron Silk Road will reach our country via Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, and Iran. Thus, we will connect China and Europe with the Iron Silk Road in the coming period. As TCDD, we always wish to contribute to our cooperation with the existing line between Asia and Europe which is a great opportunity for our countries and to keep our relations at the highest level.”
The summit, targeting the revitalization of the historic Silk Road, will provide a major contribution to the economy of Turkey, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan and Iran. With the implementation of the decisions taken at the summit, it is aimed to generate a significant income in the export items of the countries in the region. With the implementation of the signed Goodwill Protocol of the Central Asian Railways Summit, the legal arrangements to be made will enable railway transportation to proceed faster.
The summit ended with the closing dinner hosted by the Director-General of TCDD in honor of senior executives and delegations of the participating countries.