Adil Karaismailoğlu, the Minister of Transport and Infrastructure, attended the 10th Meeting of the Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO) Transport Ministers via video-conference method. At the meeting, all aspects of cooperation in the field of transportation, especially keeping the supply chain open under the COVID-19 epidemic, were discussed. It was also emphasized at the meeting that it is of great importance to widen the transportation corridors so that transportation and transportation can be carried out without interruption.
A consensus was reached on the smooth transportation of all commodities subject to foreign trade.
In the field of road transport, which is the most important mode of transport in trade between member countries, a consensus has been reached among the member countries on the smooth transportation of all goods subject to foreign trade, especially pharmaceuticals and foodstuffs. An important decision was made at the meeting and it was decided to reopen the Istanbul-Tehran-Islamabad Freight Train at the beginning of 2021. With the commissioning of this train, it was emphasized that besides container transportation on the route, freight transportation can also be carried out with conventional wagons.
"Turkey has provided capacity building by taking the necessary measures"
Minister Karaismailoglu, in his speech at the meeting, called for the removal of all kinds of obstacles in international freight transportation; secretion, however, a section of the Baku-Tbilisi-Kars railway line that the cargo transported by road record and transmit the information provided by Turkey's capacity expansion by taking the necessary measures.
Minister Karaismailoğlu also emphasized that the countries with no coasts of the Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO) can open to the world from the ports of our country, especially Mersin and Trabzon ports; epidemic process in the civil aviation sector hardest hit areas of least damage to circumvent this process in the direction of Turkey is ready to share experience to develop cooperation of all kinds were reported. Karaismailoğlu emphasized the importance of the use of communication technologies and digital solutions to reduce the risk of contamination of all kinds of documents physically exchanged in the transportation sector.
"Quota application in bilateral and transit transports should be abolished for more efficient transportation and regional development"
Minister Karaismialoğlu emphasized that within the framework of the ECO Transit Transport Framework Agreement, they have always defended that the fees collected from transportation within the ECO should be abolished, and continued as follows:
“We believe that the quota application in bilateral and transit transports should be abolished in order to make transportation more efficient and regional development. In this context, we support all kinds of efforts to liberalize bilateral and transit transports. It is important to maintain your interruption in the supply chain in order for the economies of the country to survive and the fight against COVID-19 to continue. I hope that practices such as PCR test application and transfer obligation applied in some ECO countries will be reviewed. "
Minister of Transport and Infrastructure Adil Karaismailoğlu, Iranian Minister of Road and Urban Planning Mohammad Eslami, Deputy Minister of Transport of Afghanistan Qudratullah Zaki, Azerbaijani Minister of Communication and High Technology Ramin Namig Oglu Guluzade, Chairman of the Kazakhstan Civil Aviation Committee attended the 10th Meeting of the Ministers of Transport of the Organization of Economic Cooperation. Deputy Saltanat Tompiyeva, Minister of Transport and Roads of Kyrgyzstan Bakyt Berdaliev, Undersecretary of the Ministry of Transport of Pakistan Tariq Viqar Bakhshi, Tajikistan Deputy Minister of Transport Sirojzoda Shujoat, Uzbekistan Deputy Minister of Transport Choriev Jasur and Secretary General of the Organization of Economic Cooperation, Hadi Soleimanpour.