Baku hosted a meeting between head of Ukrainian and Azerbaijan Railways
On March 30, “Azerbaijan Railways” CJSC held a bilateral meeting with the delegation headed by the head of the board of JSC “Ukrayhska Zaliznytsia” (Ukrainian Railways) Wojciekh Balchun.
During the meeting, the Chairman of CJSC “Azerbaijani Railways” Javid Gurbanov informed the guests about the reforms carried out by Azerbaijan Railways, efforts to strengthen the country’s transit potential and the challenges ahead.
According to the order of President of Azerbaijan Republic Ilham Aliyev of December 7, 2015 about ” Acceleration the work at the Azerbaijani part of the “North-South” International Transport corridor” from the station Astara to the Iranian border the new 8.3-kilometer rail line is laid. The test train has recently crossed the Azerbaijani-Iranian border on the new bridge. At the present time work is continued in Astara . The construction of transshipment terminal and the railway station in the area of 35 hectares are also included in this work.
The transport corridor “North-South” is counted mainly on cargo delivery from India and the transport corridor “North-South” is designed mainly for the delivery of goods from India and the countries of the Persian Gulf to Russia, Western Europe, the Baltic countries and Scandinavia. The main advantage of this route in comparison with other routes is two – and even triple reduction transit distance and time.
Javid Gurbanov told the guests about the transport corridor “South-West”, which is counted on cargo transportation between the European Union and India. According to him, this route lying through Iran, Azerbaijan, Georgia and Ukraine reduces time expenditure for cargo transportation. Preliminary calculations showed that the transportation of goods along this transport corridor can be carried out in seven days.
The head of the “Azerbaijan Railways” also emphasized the importance of works and in the development of the Transcaspian International Transport Route. Then the sides discussed importance of further expansion of a bilateral cooperation.
The head of the Ukrainian railways expressed interest in expanding cooperation with Azerbaijan, as well as using the opportunities of the TransCaspian International Transport Route to increase trade turnover between Ukraine and Azerbaijan. Then the meeting continued in a trilateral format. Deputy Chairman of JSC “Georgian Railway” Alexey Nikolaishvili joined the negotiations.
Guests also visited the Baku railway station, after considering the circumstances created here after reconstruction. As a result of the meeting, protocol on intentions was signed.