Turkmenistan holds forum on Caspian transport and logistics

ASHGABAT (TCA) — The Avaza national tourist zone on Turkmenistan’s Caspian Sea coast hosted the International conference HEAVY CASPIAN: TURKMENISTAN. The transport and logistics forum was organized by the Heavy World company, one of the world leaders in the field of heavy and oversized cargo transportation, together with the Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs of Turkmenistan and the Turkmen Logistics Association (TLA), the State News Agency of Turkmenistan reported on October 2.

Strengthening the international cooperation in the transport field is one of the key aspects of the economic policy of Turkmenistan, consistently implemented by President Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov. The Turkmen leader’s initiatives are aimed at intensifying cooperation in this sector that plays a crucial role in the development of trade, economic, cultural and humanitarian ties.

The favorable geographical location of Turkmenistan determines its strengthening status as a significant transit and transport hub of Eurasia. Turkmenistan is successfully implementing the national programs on the comprehensive modernization of the material and technical base of all types of transport.

Major projects are implemented together with foreign partners in order to create a combined regional and interregional transport infrastructure, to form transcontinental transport corridors North-South and East-West.

Promoting the integration of the Caspian region and Central Asia into the system of the world economic relations, the projects on the revival of the Great Silk Road implemented by Turkmenistan open up new opportunities for international cooperation in the field of air, rail, sea, road and multimodal transportation. That was the main goal of the conference in Avaza that brought together more than 100 participants, including top managers of transport, logistics and trading companies from Turkmenistan, Russia, Austria, Belgium, Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Iran, Poland, Estonia, and Saudi Arabia.

The interactive presentation about the Turkmenbashi International Sea Port started the business program of the forum. Visiting the sea harbor, businessmen got acquainted with the technical equipment, the organization of loading and unloading operations, warehousing activities, the freight forwarding services, etc. They also had a meeting with the port authorities to clarify their questions.

A new port complex erected on the Caspian coast is of strategic importance for the international cargo transportation system. It provides the access to the Black and Mediterranean Seas, to the countries of Europe, the Middle East, South Asia and the Asia-Pacific region via optimal routes.

Given the growing transit flow of vehicles through Turkmenistan to Europe and Central Asia, a year-round ferry service between the ports of the Caspian Sea reduces the time of cargo delivery and therefore their cost.

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