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26.05.2022 (Обновлено: 15.06.2022 12:02)

The EEC intends to eliminate technological problems in the transportation industry of the EAEU countries

This has been stated on May 26 by Temirbek Asanbekov, Minister in charge of Energy and Infrastructure of the Eurasian Economic Commission, at the panel session "Transportation Industry as a Frame of the Eurasian Economic Integration" of the Eurasian Economic Forum. According to him, the Forum contributes to solving the tasks of networking and creating new logistic routes.

 "A number of documents aimed at joint work on eliminating existing problems will be signed at the Forum. This all will help resolve technological issues, ensure equal market access and increase the volumes of joint trade," Temirbek Asanbekov said. 

He emphasized that the transportation industry was in need of extensive work to build transport corridors based on the railway and road network.

"We hope to shape a new paradigm for developing international transportation amid changes in macroeconomics, determine what mode of transport has the key role in ensuring a door-to-door delivery and assess the possibility of building a system of communications functioning under the Mobility Without Borders principle. The discussion results will be included in the resolution of the Forum's panel session and will help improve our contractual and legal framework and determine the further development of our integration processes in the field of transport and possibilities for positioning at the international level and during interaction with third countries," EEC Minister noted.

Almaz Turgunbaev, Deputy Minister of Transport and Communications of the Kyrgyz Republic, acknowledged that the EAEU countries had transport problems and, therefore, it was necessary to make real steps in integration and implement plans outlined in Strategy-2025.

"As for the construction of the Kyrgyzstan – People's Republic of China road, this is a promising project that must connect China to Europe. It is now early to speak of any success; we understand that if this project works out, it will become a growth spurt for the economy of our Republic and other Union countries," Deputy Minister emphasized.

Almaz Turgunbaev reported that Kyrgyzstan had set itself a goal to complete the technical and economic justification of the railway construction project by the end of 2022.

The representative from the Kyrgyz Ministry of Transport touched upon the issue of e-commerce development. He noted that rail transport would help achieve improvements in this sphere.

"In Kyrgyzstan, such a market is just beginning to develop; almost everything is still delivered by road. However, with rising e-commerce, the influence of rail transportation will grow," Deputy Minister of Transport of the Kyrgyz Republic summed up.

Armen Simonyan, Deputy Minister of Territorial Administration and Infrastructure of the Republic of Armenia, spoke about prospects for introducing the open skies regime in the EAEU countries and Armenia's experience in this issue. He reminded that open skies had been in place in Armenia since 2012 and passenger flow had risen sharply since 2013.

"Passenger flow rose annually by 15% whereas the international indicator was 3.8%, according to AirBus. By 2025, it is necessary to create equal conditions for aircraft registered in the EAEU countries, as well as remove frequency restrictions because we are planning an active growth of passenger flow within the EAEU and this will improve logistics," he believes.

According to Deputy Minister, Armenia's priority area within the EAEU is the creation of digital transport corridors. In this regard,

Armen Simonyan emphasized: "We have opened a competition for creating a structure of digital transport corridors. This will enable logistics companies to monitor the whole transportation chain. In practice, a marketplace is created for consignors and customers."

The discussion was moderated by Yuri Lavrinenko, Deputy Chairman of the Union of Transport Workers of Kazakhstan KAZLOGISTICS. In particular, during his speech he noted that the EAEU currently needed to develop production cooperation and transport logistics and simultaneously coordinate industry, transport, agriculture. 

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