Trilateral consultations on cooperation in the field of transport were held in Baku within the framework of the Turkic Council
Tashkent, Uzbekistan (UzDaily.com) -- In Baku, within the framework of the Turkic Council, trilateral consultations were held on cooperation in the field of transport.
Yesterday, within the framework of the Turkic Council, three-day Uzbek-Azerbaijani-Turkish consultations on cooperation in the field of transport ended in Baku, Dunyo news agency reported.
The consultations were attended by delegations of transport and customs departments of Uzbekistan and Azerbaijan, as well as the Association of International Carriers of Turkey (UND).
The Uzbek delegation, consisting of representatives of the Ministry of Transport, the State Customs Committee and the Association of International Road Carriers of Uzbekistan (AIRCUZ), was headed by Deputy Minister of Transport Abdusamat Muminov.
The event was organized to discuss the current state of cooperation in the field of transport and transit between the member states of the Turkic Council, issues of increasing the competitiveness of the Trans-Caspian international transport route, as well as improving the legal framework for cooperation in the field of international road transportation of goods.
During the consultations, the delegations held a number of meetings with Deputy Transport Minister of Azerbaijan Rahman Khummatov, Deputy Chairman of the Customs Committee Javad Gasimov, Adviser to the Minister of Economy Emil Majidov, Chairman of Azerbaijan Caspian Shipping Company CJSC Rauf Veliyev, Director General of the Baku International Sea Trade Port Taleh Ziyadov.
The delegations also visited the Baku International Sea Trade Port in Alat, which supports sea trade with all the Caspian countries and has access through the Volga-Don and Volga-Baltic channels to world markets.
At the meetings, Deputy Secretaries General of the Turkic Council Mirvohid Azimov and Gismat Gozalov noted that during the last informal summit of heads of state, held on 31 March 2021 in a virtual format, President of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev emphasized the importance of providing access through Central Asia to the main world markets, including China, India, Pakistan and other Asian countries, as well as from Azerbaijan and Turkey to European countries.
In this context, it is indicated that today’s negotiations contribute to the fulfillment of the instructions of the heads of state on the development of transport corridors and the joint implementation of large projects to create a logistics infrastructure.
During the consultations, the parties shared their views on creating favorable conditions and increasing the volume of cargo transportation through the Trans-Caspian corridor. In particular, the parties discussed the possibility of applying discounts on the cost of services for the transportation of Ro-Ro through the Caspian Sea, providing additional permits, canceling transit charges and minimizing road and other charges.
As part of the events, the Azerbaijani side provided detailed information on the ongoing reforms to optimize transport and transit operations in the country.
As a result of the meetings, the parties also reached an agreement to accelerate the digitalization of the road transport system by expanding the participants in the e-TIR pilot project and introducing the e-Permit electronic system between the member countries of the Turkic Council.
The delegations also discussed the draft intergovernmental agreement between Azerbaijan and Uzbekistan on international road transport and reached a common understanding on its individual provisions.