A meeting was held with the members of the Working Group
Chairman of the “Azerbaijan Railways“ CJSC Javid Gurbanov met with the heads of delegations of Russian, Belarusian, Iranian and Indian Railways, who visited Baku to participate in the fourth meeting of the Working Group on the development of the Western route of the International Transport Corridor” North-South”.
The Chairman of the society noted that the first agreement on the North-South Transport Corridor was signed on September 12, 2000 in St. Petersburg. Azerbaijan joined the agreement five years later — in 2005. In the following years, a total of 13 States signed and ratified the agreement. The main objective of the North-South Transport Corridor is, first of all, to reduce the delivery time of goods transported from Russia, Northern and Western Europe, as well as the Persian Gulf countries, to reduce transportation prices and increase the functionality of the corridor.
Delivery time on the current route (Suez canal) is 45-60 days, and the North-South transport corridor is expected to reduce this period to 14-20 days. Speaking about the historical roots and modern development of friendly relations between our countries, Javid Gurbanov noted the economic importance of this corridor, which brings together different geographical areas.
Javid Gurbanov also noted that within the framework of the project of the International Transport Corridor “North-South” the Azerbaijani side has fulfilled its obligations. From Astara station to the state border of Iran, 8.3 kilometers of railway tracks have been laid and a railway bridge over the Astara river has been built. At the same time, the construction of a railway station on 35 hectares and terminals for unloading cargo continues in Astara (Iran). In March 2018, the first phase of the project to connect the Astara — Astara railway and the freight terminal was commissioned, and the foundation of the grain terminal was laid. And on the sixth of March this year, the opening of the section Gazvin-Rasht-Astara (Iran) — Astara (Azerbaijan), which is the main part of the International Transport Corridor “North-South” was inaugurated. In the near future, the Rasht-Astara (Iran) — Astara (Azerbaijan) railway line will be built and put into operation. All this will strengthen the transport and transit, trade and economic potential of our countries.
Deputy general director of ”Russian Railways” OJSC Vyacheslav Pavlovsky drew attention to the environmental efficiency of the railway. He noted that the work on strengthening cooperation in the field of railways will continue in the future. The meeting was also attended by first Deputy Chairman of the Belarusian Railway Igor Shilov, Vice-President of the Iranian Railways Morteza Jafari, Chairman, managing Director of the Indian Container Corporation (Concor) Kalyana Rama.
At the end of the meeting, which was held in an atmosphere of sincere dialogue, souvenirs were presented.