Turk­menistan’s role in build­ing new Silk Road

China Daily (Canada) - - VIEWS -

For­ma­tion of mod­ern road and trans­port in­fra­struc­ture is one of the pri­or­ity di­rec­tions of the pol­icy of Turk­menistan, and is aimed at pro­gres­sive so­cial and economic de­vel­op­ment and the es­tab­lish­ment of broad re­gional and in­ter­na­tional co­op­er­a­tion.

Turk­menistan is at the cross­road of Europe and Asia, with con­ve­nient ge­o­graph­i­cal location, on the new Silk Road. Rich nat­u­ral oil and gas re­serves and a sta­ble political cli­mate al­low our coun­try to im­ple­ment national trans­port re­sources for en­sur­ing the Euro-Asian links.

Turk­menistan was the first among the coun­tries of the re­gion to demon­strate at the end of the last cen­tury qual­i­ta­tive newap­proaches for the re­vival of the an­cient Silk Road. The strik­ing ex­am­ple is com­mis­sion­ing of an in­ter­na­tional rail­way (Ted­jen-Ser­ah­sMeshed) in­May 1996, which opened for the coun­tries of Cen­tral Asia the short­est way to the trans­port net­works of Iran, Turkey, theMid­dle East and the Far East.

At present, be­ing a full-bod­ied mem­ber of the in­ter­na­tional sys­tem of cargo traf­fic, Turk­menistan pro­vides re­li­able trans­port and tran­sit con­nec­tion through­out its ter­ri­tory. Great at­ten­tion is paid to the de­vel­op­ment of all types of trans­port, in­clud­ing au­to­mo­bile, rail­road, air and mar­itime. Dur­ing the 25 years of in­de­pen­dence, new air­ports, national and transna­tional rail­ways and au­to­bahns have been built. Grandiose in scale and im­por­tance Turk­men­bashy Sea Port and bridges con­nect­ing Turk­menistan with neigh­bor­ing coun­tries are un­der con­struc­tion; mar­itime, air fleets and rail­road parks are be­ing reg­u­larly sup­ple­mented with new means.

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