Turkmenistan’s role in building new Silk Road
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.