25 Nov 2022 18:08

Astana, Ankara, Tbilisi, Baku agree to develop Trans-Caspian route, eliminate bottlenecks

ALMATY. Nov 25 (Interfax) - Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan, Georgia, and Turkey have signed a roadmap for 2022-2027 on the development of the Trans-Caspian International Transport Route (TITR), also known as the Middle Corridor, and simultaneous elimination of bottlenecks, the press service for the Kazakh Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

The implementation of the roadmap will allow for an increase in the TITR's throughput of up to 10 million tonnes per year by 2025, the statement said.

Kazakh Foreign Minister Mukhtar Tleuberdi and Kazakh Industry and Infrastructure Development Minister Kairbek Uskenbayev took part in the international ministerial meeting regarding Trans-Caspian interconnectivity, it said.

The foreign ministers and transport ministers of Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan, Georgia, and Turkey considered a number of issues on developing a set of measures for the speedy development of international transport routes via upgrades to their conditions of operation and elaborated practical steps to strengthen cooperation in the Caspian-Black Sea region.

The TITR is an international transport corridor that stretches through China, Kazakhstan, the Caspian Sea, Azerbaijan, Georgia, and Turkey and ends in Europe. The commissioned Baku-Tbilisi-Kars railroad is a part of the corridor.