NEWS AND EVENTS
January 15, 2013
Comfortable transit: Uzbekistan is building a modern transport infrastructure
Uzbekistan plans to significantly increase the volume of cargo transit through its territory over the next few years. This is primarily due to implementation of an ambitious program of transport infrastructure development.
The advantageous geographical location of Uzbekistan, located in the heart of Central Asia, allows the country to be the regionís key player in transport and transit services. Growth of production and exports of goods and services in the region increase demand for transportation and logistics services in the country. According to expertsí estimates, the growth rate of cargo transit through Uzbekistan in 2015-2020 could be up to 1 million tons per year. During first nine months of last year, 985.2 million tons of cargos were transported in the country. This is 5.1% more than it was done during the same period in 2011. The total turnover reached 62.2 billion tons per km and exceeded the volumes of January-September 2011 by 7.9%.
Today, the country continues to implement a set of measures aimed at the development of production, transport and engineering infrastructure. There are large-scale constructions of highways in Uzbekistan. The country buys modern machinery and equipment. Prior to 2015, Uzbekistan will have implemented various transport projects worth $8.5 billion, using foreign investments and its own funds. It is scheduled to build 150 km of new railway sections, to modernize and reconstruct 1,030 km of existing roads, to electrify 715 km of railway lines, to update rolling stocks, as well as to purchase new locomotives and to build carriages.
According to experts, implementation of these plans will create new transport corridors in Uzbekistan they will provide the shortest route to international transport communications. It will also increase transit traffic, improve access to regional and global markets, and will increase export potential and expand markets for domestic products.
Logistics centers play very important role in the development of transport and transit potential of the country. The multi-modal transportation and logistics hub on the basis of Navoi International Airport, managed by the company Korean Air is especially important.
In 2008, Uzbekistan Airways has signed an agreement with Korean Air, according to which the Korean company has created the international logistics hub on the basis of Navoi airport. Since then, the airport has undergone tremendous changes. New parking for heavy aircraft Boeing-747 was built at the airport. New cargo terminal performs the whole range of transport services: receive goods, temporarily stores and dispatches them. Glideslope system deployed at the airport ensures precision approach for planes. Nowadays, the Uzbek and Korean sides are actively working to increase the flow of goods through the logistics hub in Navoi international airport. (Source: Uzbekistan Today newspaper)