China intends to create a regional transportation hub in Azerbaijan
Today, a delegation of “Azerbaijan Railways” CJSC headed with the chairman Cavid Qurbanov held meetings in Chenqdu, the capital of Sichuan province, during visit to the People’s Republic of China.
The director of Municipal harbor and Logistics center of Chenqdu Chen Zhonq Uey, the chairman and the CEO of Chendqu International Railways Service Fan Jun and other officials participated in negotiations with Azerbaijan delegation.
Meeting’s discussion topics included economic capacity of Sichuan province, its export potential and export roads, with special focus on operation capabilities of the TransCaspian International Transport Corridor that partially passes Azerbaijan when export of goods produced in this province to Europe is carried out.
It should be mentioned that in recent years Sichuan province become one of the fastest growing provinces in China. It is the result of the second phase of project series that were launched within economic development program’s frames and is aimed to accelerate economic potential of China. During this phase development of central and eastern territories of China after provinces locate closer to the Pacific Ocean is planned. And, particularly, export of goods from this provinces overland via New Silkway road, which is beneficial from the economic point of view, is intended.
China representatives showed their interest in the TransCaspian International Transport Corridor to the chairman of “Azerbaijan Railways” CJSC Cavid Qurbanov and, taking into account an advantageous geographical position of Azerbaijan, revealed plans to create the regional hub in here. They mentioned, that in order to expand the volume of goods shipped to Iran, Turkey and Southern Europe – the states with dense population and high rates of economic development – China intends to traffic cargo trains transit through Azerbaijan. It is planned to transport goods in Azerbaijan, and then from here to the destination points in Iran (from Astara station), in Turkey (via Baku-Tbilisi-Qars railroad), or in Europe (through harbors in Georgia by the Black Sea). Therefore, a special program named “One Belt One Road” was created in China. According to this project permanent operation of the TransCaspian International Transport Corridor and increment of the number of trains on this road is planned.
Representatives of Azerbaijan and China discussed other points of collaborative interest and agreed to ship 5 test trains via the TransCaspian International Transport Corridor by the end of this year. Also, both sides agreed to schedule next meeting in Baku.