Transport and Infrastructure Minister Cahit Turhan, Turkey, Azerbaijan and reported that with the memorandum of understanding signed between Russia Baku-Tbilisi-Kars line out will increase the volume of goods being shipped and believe it will bring a commercial impetus to the railway line.
held in Ankara, "Turkey, Russia and Azerbaijan Railways Between the Baku-Tbilisi-Kars (BTK) Memorandum of Understanding Signing Ceremony on Cooperation in the Railway Route" Minister Turhan, Industry and Technology Minister Mustafa Varank, Culture and Tourism Minister Mehmet Nuri Ersoy, Azerbaijan Republic Transportation With the participation of the Minister of Communication and High Technologies, Ramin Guluzade, TCDD General Manager Ali İhsan Uygun, Azerbaijan Railways General Manager Cavit Gurbanov, Russian Railways General Manager Oleg Belozerov and Ankara Chamber of Commerce (ATO) President Gürsel Baran and businessmen from three countries.
Speaking at the ceremony, Minister Turhan, 30 October 2017 on the official opening of the Baku-Tbilisi-Kars Railway Line, recalling that this line is very strategically important for both countries and the region stressed.
BTK Line of starting with China in Southeast Asian countries, Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, the Central Asian countries such as Azerbaijan and then Georgia, neighboring and friendly countries such as Russia, Europe via Turkey, Turhan striking connect the Middle East and Africa, this line is the same He also emphasized that countries on the new Silk Road will contribute directly to the economy, as in the time of the old Silk Road, and it is one of the basic sections of the uninterrupted transportation network between Asia and Europe.
Turhan pointed out that the importance of the BTK Line, which they believe will have positive results on behalf of everybody in terms of economy, is increasing day by day in neighboring countries and regional countries that have a share in Asian-European trade, “Products produced by our small and medium-sized industrialists, Russia and will have access to Central Asian countries faster, safer and more economically. ” used the expression.
Turkey voicing Turhan side as found in the effort to make the necessary investments, "in order to complete the construction work of the project and we want to ensure we fulfill our responsibility." said.
“It will give the railway line commercial momentum”
Minister Turhan, located at one end of the historic Silk Road, China, in recent years, the implementation of projects to improve the transportation network in the past, said that the countries of the region also mobilized, everyone, but only in the case of co-operation in the economic area of interest, he said.
Turhan emphasized that the railroads sectors are required to provide the necessary cooperation and coordination in order to ensure that the countries can obtain the necessary share from this trade.
“This imperative, which contains a highly meaningful strategy, gains a much more vital importance with big projects such as Marmaray Tube Pass, Yavuz Sultan Selim Bridge, North Marmara Motorway and Eurasia Tunnel. In addition to generating transit traffic on the east-west axis, with our big projects I have mentioned, great savings will be achieved in time-cost point. These large projects will provide significant support to the socio-economic well-being of the countries in the region as well as economic growth and development models. ”
Turhan, multi-faceted basic infrastructure projects should be put into consideration by considering the regional aspects of the implementation of projects in addition to the contribution to the country, as well as the impact of the projects in the region should be calculated according to the countries reported to him.
Stating that the Memorandum of Understanding signed between the three countries will further strengthen the existing cooperation in the field of railroad and carry it to the next levels, Turhan said, “I believe that the volume of the transports made through this Memorandum of Understanding and the Baku-Tbilisi-Kars line will increase commercially.” made evaluations.
Following the speeches, TCDD General Manager Ali Ihsan Uygun, General Director of Azerbaijan Railways Cavit Gurbanov and Russian Railways Director General Oleg Belozerov signed a memorandum of understanding.
In addition, a cooperation agreement was signed between Pacific Eurasia and the Russian Railways Logistics company.
He presented a plaque to the senior executives attending the event at the end of the ceremony.