Turkmenistan's developing road infrastructure will provide access for trucks from neighbouring Uzbekistan to the international sea port of Turkmenbashi on the Caspian Sea.
Turkmen President Serdar Berdimuhamedov made the statement in his address to participants at the international transport forum, which opens in Ashgabat on May 3.
"The connection of the high-speed road connecting the eastern region and the centre of our country to the Ashgabat-Turkmenbashi highway will provide access for trucks from the neighboring Uzbekistan to the international seaport on the Caspian Sea and from there to the Caucasus, Europe, southern Russia and northern Iran, to the Persian and Oman Straits via sea routes".
Turkmenistan, having access to the open sea, is actively integrating into the Trans-Caspian transport routes and seeks to maximise its potential in this area. Issues of further activation of the Uzbekistan-Turkmenistan-Iran-Oman international transport corridor are also in the focus of attention of all the countries in the region," Berdimuhamedov notes.
The event will draw 500 delegates from more than 40 countries. They include representatives of IATA (International Air Transport Association), ICS (International Chamber of Shipping), IRU (International Road Transport Union), and companies like SpaceX, Alibaba, Airbus, Boeing, Cargo Lux, Fly Dubai, Vitol and Dragon Oil.
Participants will discuss adapting to the new realities of post-pandemic recovery and harnessing the potential of efficient international transport and transit corridors in the region. Tours of the Turkmenbashi international port, Ashgabat airport and, finally, the Ashgabat-Turkmenebat autobahn, which is under construction in the northern direction, to the borders of Uzbekistan, will be organised for them.
This was stated in a press release from the key organiser of the event, the Agency for Transport and Communications under the Cabinet of Ministers of Turkmenistan.
Credits: Eziz Boyarov, Ashgabat