Baku hosted the 6th meeting of the Working Group on the development of the western route of the North-South International Transport Corridor
During the meeting, the Chairman of “Azerbaijan Railways” CJSC Javid Gurbanov met with the heads of delegations on railway transport of the participating countries. The Chairman spoke about the importance of the North-South International Transport Corridor and the work done in this direction. He said that the corridor will play an important role in the development of other countries, which will increase trade turnover by carrying out export-import operations through this route, and expand economic and trade ties.
Javid Gurbanov noted that the liberation of our lands by the Azerbaijani Army as a result of the 44-day Patriotic War under the leadership of President, Supreme Commander-in-Chief Ilham Aliyev opened wide opportunities for successful promotion of transport corridors through the country, also spoke about the initiative and active role of our country in the development of international routes important for expanding economic ties. As a manifestation of this initiative, international interest in the corridor is growing every year.
The event was attended by Deputy General Director of Russian Railways Vyacheslav Pavlovsky, First Deputy Chairman of Belarus Railways Peter Dulub, Vice President for Trade and Operation of the Islamic Republic of Iran Murteza Jafari, Head of the Representative Office of the Finnish Railways (“VR Group LTD”) in Russia. Kalyana Rama, Managing Director of CONCOR Container Corporation of India, also joined online meeting.
Participants of the 6th meeting of the working group chaired by Deputy Chairman of Azerbaijan Railways Igbal Huseynov got acquainted with the implementation of the decisions of the last meeting and the development of transportation in the North-South International Transport Corridor. The results of the project were considered, the current volume of traffic and prospects for attracting container cargo from India to Azerbaijan, Russia, Belarus and the European Union, as well as issues related to the return of containers from EU countries were discussed. The main issues on the agenda of the meeting were the creation of attractive tariff conditions by the participants of the corridor, the simplification of customs procedures, the use of electronic information exchange in the organization of container trains along the western route of the North-South International Transport Corridor, the development of infrastructure in the national parts of the corridor, and an increase in the cargo capacity of the terminal in Astara (Iran), construction of the Astara-Rasht and Zahedan-Chabahar railway lines, as well as other issues. At the meeting, the Finnish Railways (VR Group LTD) was accepted as a member of the Working Group on the development of the western route of the North-South International Transport Corridor.
During the meeting, bilateral meetings were held between representatives of Azerbaijan Railways and representatives of the railways of Iran, Russia, Belarus and Finland, and a number of issues on mutual relations were discussed.
A relevant protocol was signed at the end of the meeting.
The North-South International Transport Corridor Agreement between Russia, Iran and India was signed on September 12, 2000 in St. Petersburg and entered into force on May 21, 2002. Azerbaijan joined the North-South International Transport Corridor in 2005.
The North-South International Transport Corridor connects Northern Europe with Southeast Asia. The forecasts show that if fully operational, the North-South international transport corridor will provide access to European countries, Russia, Central Asia and the Caucasus to the Persian Gulf and India, and further expand trade relations between the Caspian and the Black Sea ports.