Opening of new Asian Transport Corridor
The Global Sustainable Transport Conference, held in Ashgabat under the UN aegis and with its direct participation, and the opening of new railroad after, which became the first realized project of grandiose project for establishment of the Asian Transnational Transport Corridor, each of the event has its own considerable importance but together, they demonstrate clear and efficient logic of the strategy of Turkmenistan and the policy of President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov. Its formula lies in the principle “To think globally – to act locally”.
The fact how successfully the country cooperates with closest neighbours and character of the relations are the best and most convincing evidence of the efficiency of its foreign policy course and tactics of international cooperation in general.
The Heads of the States in solemn atmosphere cut symbolical ribbon and opened “Akina” railway station.
The train, sent to Afghanistan by new way, includes 46 trucks with production of Turkmen manufacturers: 10 trucks of flour, grain and cement. Sulphur and carbamide are among other cargoes.
From the beginning of the year, total volume of supplies from Turkmenistan to Afghanistan was more than 1.4 million tons, where 865.4 thousand tons of oil production, 310.7 thousand tons of liquefied gas, 121.7 thousand tons of wheat and flour, 18.2 thousand tons of other production.
Until the opening of Atamyrat – Ymamnazar _ Akina section, all volume of cargoes between Turkmenistan and Afghanistan was transferred via Serhetabat – Turgundy and Kelif-Termez – Mazari-Sharif sections. 75 percent of total turnover (559.8 thousand tons) consisted of Turkmen production and 25 percent (182.7 thousand tons) was the goods from other countries. Thus, the need for new railroad was obvious and its importance is just being revealed and it would be expand its limits with extension of new territories, projects and logistic networks.
Addressing the participants, President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani said that highly esteemed guest of Afghan land – President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov, cane with priceless gift. This gift is a strong friendship between Afghanistan and Turkmenistan and the way to happy future of Afghan people.
The Afghan Leader highlighted that for the years, past from the beginning of the project, its currency was considerably increased. Having expressed the great appreciation to the Turkmen Leader and to all people of fraternal country on behalf of the people of Afghanistan for fulfilment of this great work, the President of Afghanistan said that as a result, Akina became the link of the Asian Transnational Railway Corridor. It was also highlighted that the Asian railway corridor would affect positively on general situation both in the region and beyond its borders.
Transport communication between the countries of the region would enter new level via developed railroad network. It would become an important factor of activation and expansion of bilateral trade and economic cooperation, would enhance further diversification of foreign and economic relations of the states.
President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov said that our country wants to see fraternal Afghanistan as peaceful, prosperous state, good neighbour and partner of all countries in the region. We know that it would be promoted by the economic development of Afghanistan, establishment of work occupancies, realization of large-scale social programmes.
Among numerous examples of successful cooperation between Turkmenistan and Afghanistan, important role is given to Turkmenistan – Afghanistan – Pakistan – India gas main, which is large-scale international energy project. Its practical realization would allow supplying natural gas to various provinces of Afghanistan, establishing of thousands of employments for Afghan specialists. Huge funds would be received by the state treasury for transit of gas on the territory of the country.
At the same time, Turkmen and Afghan specialists and entrepreneurs study the opportunities of supply of Afghanistan industrial productions including Afghan marble.
Addressing the participants of the ceremony and his Turkmen colleague, the Head of the IRA emphasized that Afghanistan people know and respect the President of Turkmenistan as outstanding politician, reformer and initiator of progressive projects, which have great importance for the whole region. In this context, the Afghan Leader noted great role of President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov in development of multi aspect cooperation of both states and expressed sincere gratitude for support and assistance in social and economic development of Afghanistan, having said that he is proud to present the Turkmen leader with the State medal «Gazy Mohammad Akbar Han» as another symbol of brotherhood and friendship, trust and respect between our countries.
In his response, the Head of Turkmenistan expressed the gratitude to President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani and all the participants of the event for such high appreciation of his activity.
Touching on the subject Turkmenistan – Afghanistan – Pakistan – India gas main with throughput capacity of 33 billion cubic meters, the Leader of the nation said that only for the transit of gas Afghanistan would receive more than 1 billion US dollars of profit. All necessary infrastructure facilities would be built along the pipeline – plants, compressor and gas-purifying facilities.
Having highlighted that he apprehends received award as high appreciation of the work of all Turkmen people, the President for one more time expressed his gratitude and wished everybody strong health, family prosperity, large successes in noble activity.