Minister Mehmet Cahit Turhan "Lapis Lazuli corridor of Afghanistan, Turkmenistan, the Caspian Sea, Azerbaijan, Georgia and Turkey's economy, a very important initiative aiming at the development of trade relations and transportation links. "Middle Corridor" with Caspian pass and Lapis Lazuli route are two important corridors connecting Asia and Europe.
The International Transport Ministers Conference of the Parties to the Transit and Transport Cooperation Agreement was held on 28 November 2018 in Turkmenbashi, Turkmenistan.
Ticaret 1.5 billion dollars of trade between Asia Europe per day “
Attended the conference representing Turkey, Transport and Infrastructure Minister Mehmet Cahit Turhan, in his speech at the opening session, he said that Asian and European continents of economic and commercial relations between drawing attention to pass through a period of deepening reached $ 1,5 billion in trade per day between the two continents.
X In 2025, the trade volume between the two continents is expected to rise to 740 billion dollars “
Turhan emphasized that this trade volume is expected to continue increasingly and reach 2025 billion dollars in 740 and that it is seen that it is of great importance to develop the transportation between the two continents considering the trade volume in question. In this context, Afghanistan Lapis Lazuli corridor, Turkmenistan, the Caspian Sea, Azerbaijan, Georgia and the economy between Turkey trade relations and aimed at the development of transport links Turhan stated that a very important initiative, the Caspian Sea "Central Corridor" and Lapis Lazuli routes of Asia and Europe He noted that it was developing rapidly as two important corridors connecting Turkey.
"Turkey is the most important country in the modern Silk Road"
Minister Turhan, with mega projects in Turkey and the Transit Transport Cooperation Agreement (Lapis Lazuli) stating that they made great efforts to connect the corridor to Europe, said:
“Undoubtedly, our steps towards infrastructure investments and facilitation of transportation will open the way for these routes to become more effective. The role of the Caspian transition is critical in the effective service of this corridor. The recently opened Turkmenbaşı International Port was among the most important projects of the Modern Silk Road. With this recently completed Baku-Tbilisi-Kars Railway Project, this port will connect Afghanistan and China to Europe via Central Asia as the rings of a chain. This success of the sister country Turkmenistan is a great source of pride and pride for us. with mega-projects in Turkey, we're striving to connect this corridor to Europe. Turkey improved road network and uninterrupted railway link with the modern Silk Road has become one of the important countries. "
X We continue to implement the 13 project, including the rehabilitation of existing railway lines “
Turhan pointed out that the railway network has reached 12 thousand 710 kilometers and continued to implement the 13 project, including the construction of new railway lines on the UN Trans-Asia Railway Network and the rehabilitation of existing lines; 15 520 last year to strengthen the transportation infrastructure XNUMX said they invested a billion pounds.
Turhan, stating that the development of transportation infrastructures is important but not enough, “Turning certain routes into priority transportation corridors is possible only by facilitating transportation on this line, by developing multimodal alternatives and logistics opportunities.” used the expression.
"From Afghanistan to Turkey and European trade corridor"
Turkmenistan Deputy Chairman of the Council of Ministers of Turkmenistan, Mehmet Han Cakiyev, said that the efforts to revive the Silk Road regionally and nationally have increased and added:
“Within the framework of the Lapis Lazuli Agreement, the trade corridor continues to Afghanistan's Turgundi center, Ashgabat, then connected to Caspian until Baku. After Tbilisi to Turkey and from Turkey will go to Europe. Combining Central Asia with Europe, this Transit Transport Corridor will also help improve our trade volume. This conference shows the world community that the slogan 'The heart of the Great Silk Road of Turkmenistan' has really come to life. ”
”The Silk Road helps developing countries like a vein, cultural fusion“
Stating that the ways of trade have helped countries like a vessel to develop and culturally integrated, Deputy Prime Minister of Azerbaijan Yakup Eyubov said, “Lapis Lazuli has a lot to do. We will be sending the test load in December, however we will have seen which areas need to be improved. ” said.
Representatives of Uzbekistan, Afghanistan and Georgia also spoke at the conference and expressed their demands for the road map of the Lapis Lazuli Agreement and its importance for the countries of the agreement.