Turkmenistan aims to become the heart of Great Silk Road in 2018

ASHGABAT (TCA) — “By building new motor and rail roads, sea ports and bridges, our country is reviving the Great Silk Road in the third millennium,” President Gurbanguly Berdymukhammedov said in his New Year address to the Turkmen people, the State Information Agency of Turkmenistan reported.

The president said that neutral Turkmenistan is making a big contribution to the development and strengthening of political, trade, economic, and humanitarian ties in the international arena, in line with the country’s motto for the year 2018 — “Turkmenistan — the heart of the Great Silk Road”.

Over the recent years Turkmenistan has implemented such big projects as the construction of the new international airport in the capital, Ashgabat, and the first phase of Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Tajikistan railway. The country is currently building a sea port in the city of Turkmenbashi on the Caspian coast and a new motor road from Ashgabat to Turkmenbashi. Turkmenistan is building convenient and safe international rail, motor, air, and maritime transport corridors, providing for sustainable development of the region, strengthening regional cooperation, and increasing regional trade, the president said.

Turkmenistan is turning into an important rail crossroad and a transport and transit hub of Eurasia. Turkmen railway builders are laying a railroad from Turkmenistan’s railway station of Serhatabat to Afghanistan’s town of Turgundi, which will connect Afghanistan to the transport and logistics system of Turkmenistan and the entire Central Asia region.

This project will help Turkmenistan become a key transport and logistics hub in the region, the Turkmen leader said.

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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