October 22, 2021

An Overview of the Effects of Covid-19 Crisis on Global Freight Transport

The global spread of the COVID-19 has had an enormous impact on the aviation and air travel industry all around the world. In 2020, the number of passengers in aviation dropped by an unprecedented (-60%) or 2,699 million passengers compared to 2019. This resulted in $371 billion loss of passenger […]
September 27, 2021

Transport Strategy of Uzbekistan: Current Developments

Transport and infrastructure play an important role in Uzbekistan’s economy. Implementation of the open economic policy requires the penetration of new markets. Uzbekistan aims to diversify its exports. Besides traditional markets such as Central Asia and Russia, the country increases its supplies to China, the countries of Europe, and Turkey. […]
January 5, 2020

Transport Potential of ECO Region

Developed and developing countries, in addition to taking part in international integration initiatives, strive for creating regional unions among themselves. One such regional structure is the Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO), which focuses on contributing to the development of its member states, removing trade barriers within the ECO region, improving intra-regional […]
December 3, 2019

The First Freight Train Traveling from China to Europe via Turkey

On November 6, 2019, the Chang’an freight train of the China Railway Express Company (CRE), an important tool of the Belt and Road Initiative, reached the destination in Europe using Istanbul’s Marmaray subsea tunnel. The CRE freight train departed from Xi’an, China, traveling through the territory of Kazakhstan with ferry […]
November 8, 2019

Transport and Logistics Potential of Turkistan Region

Transport and logistics infrastructure re-mains a priority on the agenda of Kazakhstan’s economic development. Currently, there are several projects and programs for the development of transport infrastructure in Kazakhstan, which are being implemented in the border regions of the country.  
May 8, 2019

Western China-Western Europe Corridor: Problems and Solutions

The Western China-Western Europe transport corridor can be considered as the largest infrastructure project between China, Russia and Kazakhstan, extending from the South China Sea (Lyanyungan) to the Baltic Sea (Saint Petersburg). The issue of this transport corridor was first raised in the 2005 letter to the Founding President of […]
June 14, 2018

The Role of Pakistan in China’s Transportation Projects

Within the framework of the New Silk Road strategy, China is focused on the implementation of its long-term strategic Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), which includes the Silk Road Economic Belt and the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road projects. Unveiled during Chinese President Xi Jinping’s visit to Astana in September […]
April 20, 2018

Aviation in Kazakhstan: an Economic View

One of the distinct features of the process of globalization of the world economy is the diminishing role of distance, which is becoming less relevant thanks to ever increasing efficiency and decreasing costs of traveling around the world. Air traffic plays the key role in this process connecting people and […]
October 5, 2017

The China-Kyrgyzstan-Uzbekistan Railway Project: Problems and Prospects

The China-Kyrgyzstan-Uzbekistan (CKU) railway project aimed to link Beijing with Central Asia is among China’s main transportation policy priorities in the region. The CKU project, which has been on the agenda since the mid-1990s, is also of great importance for China’s Belt and Road Initiative. Under the project, the railway […]
September 20, 2017

Prospects for the Caspian Ports Infrastructure Development in Iran

Maritime transport plays a crucial role in facilitating international trade and boosting economic development. Being placed in an advantageous geographical position, namely, between the Caspian Sea, Persian Gulf and Gulf of Oman, Iran is strongly interested in the expansion of its maritime transportation network benefiting from the transit advantages. In […]