Azerbaijani President: Baku-Tbilisi-Kars railway created a new transport map in our region and in Eurasia as a whole
- 26 January 2021
"Important projects have been implemented in the field of railway transport in the country. Projects to rehabilitate our railways have been implemented. The Baku Circular Road has been built, and this is a very important event for passenger transportation and for people's comfort. Railway stations have been built in various cities," said President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev as he received in a video format Rashad Nabiyev due to his appointment as Minister of Transport, Communications and High Technologies, APA reports.
"Of course, the construction of the Baku-Tbilisi-Kars railway on the initiative of Azerbaijan has created a new transport map in our region and in Eurasia as a whole. Our partners are currently using this route to deliver their products in different directions. I must note that the diversity of roads passing through the territory of Azerbaijan greatly increases our opportunities. Despite the global economic downturn during the pandemic, I must say that the volume of cargo transported through the North-South transport corridor has increased by about 20 percent. Many countries use our railway infrastructure. At present, there are routes such as China-Kazakhstan-Caspian Sea-Azerbaijan-Europe route and Afghanistan-Turkmenistan-Caspian Sea-Azerbaijan-Europe. We have actually connected the Baku-Tbilisi-Kars railway with the Lapis-Lazuli road and, of course, the diversified transport infrastructure has played a role here. Because our opportunities have expanded. The Baku Shipyard, which was commissioned on my initiative a few years ago, manufactures all types of vessels, and we increase this production every year. The plant currently produces tankers, Ro-Ro ships and cargo vessels. We have eliminated our dependence on foreign countries in this area, created thousands of jobs and opportunities for companies involved in oil and gas operations. They are also placing their orders with this plant," President Ilham Aliyev said.