New opportunities on the international track for interaction and promoting cooperation of the EAEU countries with their CIS partners – Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, as well as with China, India, Iran and the Middle Eastern countries, Southeast Asia, Latin America, are opening up in connection with emergence of new trade markets, transformation of trade routes and transport corridors. Arzybek Kozhoshev, Minister in charge of Energy and Infrastructure, announced this at a meeting with Ilkhom Makhkamov, Minister of Transport of the Republic of Uzbekistan, held in Tashkent on September 12.
“Today, transport and logistics issues are of particular importance both in the EAEU and beyond. Taking into account the shift of cargo flows to the East and Asia, such corridors as the North-South, Europe-Western China, the New Silk Road, and Trans-Caspian International Transport Route are acquiring new significance,” noted the EEC Minister.
Arzybek Kozhoshev recalled the list of Eurasian transport corridors and routes approved by the EAEU countries, and also noted that last year the heads of government of the EAEU countries adopted a list of priority integration infrastructure projects in the field of transport of the EAEU Member States including 7 projects. Updates to it are currently under consideration.
The EEC Minister noted that Uzbekistan, as an EAEU observer country, took an active part in meetings of the Advisory Committee on Transport and Infrastructure, where the above issues are discussed and the main directions of integration in the transport sector are determined.
Ilkhom Makhkamov confirmed the strategic importance of Uzbekistan’s participation in integration processes in the field of transport in the Eurasian space, and also expressed his readiness to intensify the participation of representatives of the Ministry of Transport of Uzbekistan in the work of the Commission’s Transport Unit.
In his turn, Arzybek Kozhoshev invited Ilkhom Makhkamov to take part in a meeting of the heads of authorized authorities in the field of transport of the EAEU countries.In conclusion, the EEC Minister noted that the Commission had come up with the initiative to hold a joint meeting of the ministers of transport of the EAEU and the SCO. The Minister of Transport of Uzbekistan endorsed this proposal and invited his counterpart to the conference of SCO transport ministers, which will be held in early November this year in Tashkent.