Kazakhstan developing logistics and transport infrastructure in Caspian Sea

ASTANA (TCA) — First Deputy Prime Minister of Kazakhstan, Askar Mamin, during his working trip to Mangistau region last week, held a meeting on the development of the SEZ “Seaport Aktau” and implementation of the Logistics Infrastructure Development Plan in the Caspian Sea, his secretariat said.

FEZ Seaport Aktau was established in 2002 with the purpose of attracting investments for the development of export-oriented and high-tech industries. Currently, investors from China, Turkey, Germany, Italy, Great Britain, and Azerbaijan are working in the FEZ.

First Deputy Prime Minister Mamin instructed to intensify the work on attracting foreign investment in the SEZ, stressing that “this issue is under special control of the Government”.

Vice-president of Kazakhstan Temir Zholy (KTZ) national railways company, Sanzhar Elyubayev, reported on the Work Plan of Logistics Infrastructure in the Caspian Sea for 2018-2020.

He said that in 2017 the Caspian multimodal node of Kazakhstan processed over 5.5 million tons of cargo. With a decrease in the transportation of crude oil, work continued to diversify the cargo base in the Caspian Sea, and the share of general cargo increased to 80% of the total transshipment compared to 60% in 2016.

In 2018, the transshipment volume will be more than 10 million tons, the share of dry and ferry cargo will remain at 80%, and by 2020 will be about 16.7 million tons. The volume of container cargo through ports in 2018 is planned to be at the level of 35 thousand TEU, and by 2020 — 300 thousand TEU.

In 2017, the volume of transshipment of cargo through the port of Kuryk amounted to 1.5 million tons. This year, this figure is planned to increase to 4.5 million tons.

First Deputy Prime Minister stressed that “facilities of logistics infrastructure in the Caspian Sea are an important link in the Trans-Caspian corridor”.

As part of his trip to Mangistau region, Mamin also inspected the activities of Kuryk port, the zone of border and customs infrastructure, social facilities, as well as the process of transshipment of vehicles to the countries of the Caucasus region, Russia and Turkey.

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