In the first meeting of the Kazakh-Turkmen working joint group focused on transport, transit and logistics development, held on November 26-27 in Ashgabat, Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan agreed to develop the China-Kazakhstan-Turkmenistan-Iran corridor jointly. This agreement signifies their commitment to improving the infrastructure and operations along the corridor, aiming to enhance trade and connectivity between the participating nations.
Talgat Lastayev, Vice Minister of Transport of Kazakhstan and Batyr Annaev, Deputy General Director of Turkmenistan's Transport and Communications Agency under the Cabinet of Ministers, served as joint chairs of the meeting, the Türkmenawtoulaglary (Turkmen Automobiles) news agency reported on Thursday.
During the meeting, the participants discussed various aspects of transport, transit and logistics cooperation. The Working Group expressed their strong appreciation for the collaborative efforts in establishing a flexible and competitive tariff policy in railway communication and agreed to continue working in this direction.
Following the meeting, the Ministry of Transport of Kazakhstan and the Agency for Transport and Communications under the Cabinet of Ministers of Turkmenistan signed a protocol and memorandum on transport interconnectivity.
The memorandum expands collaboration between Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan in railway and maritime transport. They aim to increase traffic volume within their territories by creating favourable tariff conditions, implementing joint measures to harmonize infrastructure development and introducing digital solutions for efficient information exchange between the two countries.
Moreover, the meeting prioritized the advancement of the transport corridor China-Kazakhstan-Turkmenistan-Iran by increasing its appeal. During the state visit of the Turkmen leader to Astana, Serdar Berdimuhamedov and Kassym-Jomart Tokayev adopted a Joint Statement that initially highlighted this objective in October 2022.