EU-Kazakhstan to discuss transit strategy and Middle Corridor development

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The first major discussion in Brussels on Kazakhstan’s transit strategy and the development of the Middle Corridor will take place in Brussels, Belgium on 15 June, following the Roundtable on “Transit and Transport Cooperation between Kazakhstan and the European Union: the development of the Middle Corridor”.

The roundtable on the development of the Middle Corridor is co-hosted by Kazakhstan Railways National Company, the International Association “Trans-Caspian International Transport Route” (the Middle Corridor), Member of the Committee on Transport and Tourism of the European Parliament, and the Mission of Kazakhstan to the EU.

Leading participants include Polish MEP Bogusław Liberadzki, member of the Committee on Transport and Tourism, Kazakhstan’s Ambassador to the Kingdom of Belgium and head of the EU Mission Margulan Baimukhan, EU Special Representative For Central Asia Terhi Hakala, Member Of The Cabinet Of The EU Commissioner For Transport Pablo Fabregas Martinez, Trans-Caspian International Transport Route Association and Kazakhstan Railways Chairman Nurlan Sauranbayev.

Over the last 15 years Kazakhstan has invested approximately $35 billion in the development of the transport industry, which has resulted in more than 2,000 kilometers of railways, 19,500 kilometers of roads, 15 airports and the new port capacities along the Caspian Sea.

Today, the Central Asian country is a transport and logistics hub of Eurasia with 11 international transit routes – 5 railways and 6 highways – crossing its territory, which has reduced by 3.5 times the duration it takes to transport goods from Asia to Europe, compared to sea routes.

In 2022, Kazakhstan’s President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev announced an investment package worth $20 billion until 2025 aimed at enhancing the diversification of transit and transport routes, as well as the implementation of integrated logistics solutions.

Among number of projects, the Middle Corridor stands out as a symbol of genuine connectivity as it envisages an extensive network with connections that offers benefits to all stakeholders.

The event is first major discussion in Brussels on Kazakhstan’s transit strategy and the development of the Middle Corridor. It will bring together the industry’s top executives and decision makers, rail and logistics professionals, politicians and regulators, and institutions from across the continent to discuss the connectivity interests between Kazakhstan and the EU, the conditions for success of land bridges, current state and the future of the multimodal transit route. The discussion will also cover the development of green logistics along the corridor.

Businesses, professionals, companies and traders along the Middle Corridor and companies will have the chance to discuss project opportunities with the Middle Corridor stakeholders and partners during a B2B Networking Session that will take place on June 15. Location details are upon registration via:




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