Kazakhstan’s railway company, China’s Sichuan province develop cooperation

ASTANA (TCA) — Cooperation in the sphere of railway transport was discussed at the meeting of the deputy chairman of the development board of Kazakhstan’s national railway company Kazakhstan Temir Zholy (KTZ) Maksat Kabashev with a member of the standing committee of the Sichuan Provincial Party Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC), secretary of the CPC city committee in Chengdu, Fan Ruipin, KTZ’s press-office reported on August 24.

The sides noted positive dynamics of the volume of container transportation along China-EU-China route through the territory of Kazakhstan.

For 7 months of 2018, the volume of cargo transportation through the border crossings Alashankou – Dostyk and Khorgos – Altynkol on the Kazakh-Chinese border amounted to 7.723 million tons, which is by 1.964 million tons (34%) more than in the same period in 2017.

Kabashev informed about transport and logistics opportunities of Kazakhstan, development of transnational routes, measures to increase transit cargo flows.

“The Kazakh program Nurly Zhol and China’s One Belt, One Road initiative have common goals that open great prospects in the development of transit and transport cooperation between our countries,” Kabashev said.

At present, KTZ operates in 17 provinces of China. In the future it is planned to expand the geography of the presence in the Chinese provinces.

According to Fan Ruipin, Kazakhstan and China are actively developing transport and logistics infrastructure. The capacity of border stations is expanding, logistics chains are being built. He spoke about the transport capabilities of Sichuan Province and spoke in favor of developing cooperation in this area.

The meeting also discussed the establishment of a joint venture/representative office of KTZ in Chengdu.

Sergey Kwan


Sergey Kwan has worked for The Times of Central Asia as a journalist, translator and editor since its foundation in March 1999. Prior to this, from 1996-1997, he worked as a translator at The Kyrgyzstan Chronicle, and from 1997-1999, as a translator at The Central Asian Post.
Kwan studied at the Bishkek Polytechnic Institute from 1990-1994, before completing his training in print journalism in Denmark.

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