Development of infrastructure of 'Western Europe-Western China' highway to ensure new jobs

19.01.2012 17:15

ASTANA. January 19. KAZINFORM The biggest transport project included into the Industrialization Map is the reconstruction of the international transit corridor 'Western Europe-Western China' that is called on to unite Europe and Asia, according to Kazakh Prime Minister's website

The Government headed by Karim Massimov implements a number of large-scale projects in the sphere of transport and telecommunication infrastructure.

'We plan to reconstruct transit corridor 'Western Europe-Western China'...  It will become a road that makes Kazakhstan transit corridor 'Western Europe-Western China', President of the country Nursultan Nazarbayev said in his Address to the Nation in 2009.

Practical realization of the project was launched in 2010. The total length of this international transit corridor is 8.445 kilometers. The stretch of the corridor in Kazakhstan is 2.787 kilometers and 2.452 kilometers are subject to reconstruction.

At the time of today, 'Western Europe-Western China' transit corridor is the biggest transport project in the history of Kazakhstan.

More than 35 thousand people are involved in the construction of the corridor and 34.5 thousand of them are Kazakhstanis. It is planned that the number of people employed there will increase to 50 thousand.    

In accordance with the information of the Ministry of Transport and Communications, as of November 24, 2011, the construction works are held on the territories of 4 regions - Aktobe, Kyzylorda, Zhambyl and South Kazakhstan regions. The length of the stretch is 1734 kilometers or approximately 71%.  

Besides, the construction of the road gives a multiplicative effect. Transit corridor 'Western Europe-Western China' can possibly become a significant impetus for growth of the economy of Kazakhstan. Therefore, it creates conditions for development of small and medium business, service industry, tourism and strengthens industrial and agricultural activity along the road.

In November 2011, during the session of the Government Prime Minister of Kazakhstan Karim Massimov gave instructions to the Ministry of Transport and Communications, Ministry of Economic Development, Ministry of Labor and regional governors to develop infrastructure that would be generating creation of jobs and development of small and medium business.

'We need to create such infrastructure along 'Western Europe-Western China' transport corridor that will influence the emergence of new enterprises and new jobs,' Prime Minister of country Karim Massimov said.

It is planned that the works in Aktobe and Kyzylorda regions will be finished in 2012 and in South Kazakhstan, Zhambyl and Almaty regions in 2013. The corridor will be open for transportation in 2013.

The section of the road 'Taraz-Shymkent' was launched during the nationwide teleconference on December 9, 2011 with the participation of President of the country Nursultan Nazarbayev.

The construction of international transit corridor 'Western Europe-Western China' will allow to increase transit and export potential of Kazakhstan and is a successful practical contribution to the process of merging Kazakhstan into the world transit network.  

'Kazakhstan can be either from the rail or otherwise a link between east and west. It touches Russia, it touches China which are probably the two significant economies in this part. It has challenges in maintaining its identity in that process and makes it certain that indeed its interests are protected. But its huge opportunity whether it natural resources to either supplying or develop those sectors and at the same time be a bridge between east and west. If you look at goods moving between those economies in Europe Kazakhstan will be a key link in terms of the routes of trade,' Ernst & Young's CIS Sub-Area Managing Partner Karl Johansson said.