In January-September 2022, Uzbekistan increased cargo transportation through the ports of Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan by more than two times compared to the same period in 2021 – up to 701 thousand tons. About this, with reference to the Deputy Minister of Transport of the Republic of Uzbekistan Zhasurbek Choriev, RIA Novosti reports.
"According to statistical information, in relation to the 9 months of last year, the volume of cargo transportation of Uzbekistan with the participation of the ports of Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan has more than doubled this year, namely from 337 thousand tons to 701 thousand tons," Choriev said during a briefing on the eve of the summit of the Organization of Turkic States (OTG). The meeting will take place in Samarkand on November 11.
Choriev recalled that at the meeting of the Ministers of Transport of the Turkic states on October 27-28 in Tashkent, a memorandum of cooperation was signed between “Uzzheldorcontainer” JSC and the ports of Aktau and Kurik in Kazakhstan. "The full–fledged activity of the project of the electronic exchange of permit forms of the Ministry of Transport of the Republic of Uzbekistan and the Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure of Turkey has also been launched," the Deputy head of the Ministry of Transport said.
According to him, during the OTG summit it is planned to sign two important documents initiated by the Uzbek side: the agreement on international multimodal transport between the member states of the organization and the program of cooperation in the field of transport.
The Cooperation Council of Turkic-speaking States (Turkic Council), established in 2009, decided to change its name to the Organization of Turkic States at the Istanbul summit in November 2021. The organization includes Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Turkey and Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan and Hungary participate as observers.
October 20, the final screening of Kazakh films was held within the framework of this event. For two days, the visitor could visit the place and see the realistic, life-like and multi-starrer films that will find great admiration and appreciation in the eyes of the world's visitors. The mentioned event, which was held for two days, made its modest contribution to the great cause of mutual understanding and friendship between Georgia and Kazakhstan.
As we know, on October 19, another significant and joyful event of cultural development was held between Georgia and Kazakhstan. Specifically - Days of Kazakh cinema in Georgia, which will last until October 20. The films shown here can clearly transform the audience into an improvised performance. It should be noted that the films shown here are quite popular in the world community. Today's event was attended by the actors themselves, who received various positive impressions from the audience's point of view.
On October 4, 2022, political consultations between the Ministries of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan and the Republic of Kazakhstan were held in the format of a videoconference.
The Turkmen side was headed by the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan V.Hajiyev, and the Kazakh side - by the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Kazakhstan E.Konuspaev.
During the consultations, a constructive exchange of views on the bilateral agenda took place, the level of political and diplomatic dialogue between the two countries was considered, as well as the progress in the implementation of previously reached agreements. Noting the key role of contacts at the highest and high levels in the development of bilateral relations, the parties discussed the organization of the state visit of the President of Turkmenistan Serdar Berdimuhamedov to the Republic of Kazakhstan.
There were also discussed aspects of preparing and holding important international events in Kazakhstan in October this year.
The importance of a significant date - the 30th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Turkmenistan and the Republic of Kazakhstan, celebrated on October 5, 2022, was emphasized.
A high level of interaction within the framework of international structures was noted.
The diplomats voiced the mutual readiness of the parties to continue building up regional cooperation. In this context, the special significance of the IV Consultative Meeting of the Heads of States of Central Asia in the city of Cholpan-Ata, as well as the VI Summit of the Heads of the Caspian States in Ashgabat, was stressed.
In frames of the talks, the parties paid attention to the current state and prospects for cooperation in the trade and economic sphere, noting a solid potential for joint work.
Furthermore, the parties considered issues of cultural and humanitarian cooperation. Interest was expressed in developing partnerships in the areas of science, education and healthcare.
Air Astana, Kazakhstan’s flag carrier, has received prestigious Skytrax awards for “Best Airline in Central Asia and CIS” for the tenth time and “Best Service in Central Asia and CIS” for the first time. Awards were presented to all winners at a Skytrax Awards ceremony in London today.
“Since it was launched 20 years ago, Air Astana steadily built a reputation for safety, efficiency and outstanding customer service. We are once again honoured to receive awards from Skytrax today, which perfectly reflect our commitment to the very highest standards of excellence and recognition from our devoted passengers. I would like to thank every one of our almost six thousand staff for their professionalism and dedication on this proud occasion,” said Peter Foster, President and CEO of Air Astana.
"Air Astana is celebrating its tenth win this year. The airline's management and employees should be proud of this success and of winning the award for Best Airline and Best Service in Central Asia and CIS. The past two years have been very challenging for the aviation industry; therefore, this award confirms the high quality service that Air Astana continues to provide to its customers,” said Edward Plaisted, CEO of Skytrax Awards.
Winners of Skytrax Awards are determined through an annual passenger survey. More than 300 airlines were evaluated between September 2021 and August 2022. More than 14 million people from 100 nationalities participated in this survey in English, French, Spanish, Russian, Japanese and Chinese. Survey participants rated the airline's website, check-in and boarding procedures, cabin cleanliness, IFE, crew appearance and service, food quality, comfort of seats and more.
Air Astana received the Skytrax "Best Airline in Central Asia and India" award for the first time in 2011 and this was followed a year later by being the first airline in the CIS and Eastern Europe to receive a four-star Skytrax award. From 2013 to 2015, Air Astana was awarded the Skytrax Award for “Best Service in Central Asia and India” and in 2021, it was certified by Skytrax for COVID-19.
THE MINISTER OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS OF TURKMENISTAN HAD A MEETING WITH THE MINISTER OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS OF KAZAKHSTAN
On September 7, 2022, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan Rashid Meredov had a meeting with the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Kazakhstan Mukhtar Tileuberdi.
During the meeting, the parties noted the important role of the high-level and highest level visits in the development of the interstate relations. The diplomats highlighted the need to expand the legal base of the bilateral cooperation.
The launch ceremony of the pilot project of the Global Transit Document took place on August 17, 2022 at the Berkarar Hotel of the Avaza National Tourist Zone.
The Global Transit Document (GTrD), which is a universal digital solution for the development of multimodal transportation, is the result of fruitful cooperation between the Permanent Secretariat of the Intergovernmental Commission of the International Transport Corridor Europe-Caucasus-Asia (TRACECA) with the International Center for Transport Diplomacy, the Intergovernmental Council of Road Workers of the CIS, and the world's largest developers of IT technologies, as well as with countries that have shown interest in piloting the GTrD.
The launch ceremony of the pilot project of the Global Transit Document was attended by the Executive Secretary of the International Center for Transport Diplomacy I.Runov, the Chairman of the Intergovernmental Council of Road Workers of the Commonwealth of Independent States B.Karimov, as well as representatives of the countries of the region - Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan.
The speakers emphasized that at the turn of the third decade of the 21st century, economic realities and trends in the development of the world economy created an obvious need for the development and implementation of a unified Global Transit Document in order to optimize the management of the transport process along multimodal corridors connecting states of different regions and continents.
The introduction of a digital platform of the global transit network based on the latest technologies using the Global Transit Document will make it possible to extend the customs guarantee and insurance regime, as well as ensure the traceability of goods and vehicles along the entire route from the starting point to the destination.
At the end of the official launch ceremony of the pilot project of the Global Transit Document, its participants adopted a Joint Statement, in which they confirmed the readiness of the parties for further cooperation in promoting the proposal to create a global digital transit network at various levels, as well as within the United Nations.
Irakli Garibashvili, Prime Minister of Georgie completed his Official Visit to the Republic of Kazakhstan.
Kazakhstan, within the framework of the Caspian cooperation, supports, firstly, the expansion of transit-transport and investment cooperation, the creation of new multimodal routes, including using the Caspian transport corridors that are not fully involved. This was stated by the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Kazakhstan Mukhtar Tleuberdi, speaking at a meeting of the Foreign Ministers of the Caspian countries on Tuesday.
Secondly, it is necessary to ensure the diversification of trade channels, the diplomat continued, calling on colleagues to jointly oppose trade protectionism, open markets, stimulate international trade and contacts between people.
Among other priority positions of Kazakhstan, Tleuberdi also named the addition of efforts in the field of protection and improvement of the state of the marine environment of the Caspian Sea, the adoption of coordinated decisions to prevent pollution of its waters.
Turkmen Foreign Minister Rashid Meredov met with his Kazakh counterpart Mukhtar Tleuberdi in Nur-Sultan on Tuesday, where a meeting of foreign ministers in the Central Asia–China format is taking place.
During the conversation, the parties discussed regional policy issues, exchanged views on topical international issues. The most important topic of the talks was the Caspian issues and the holding of the 6th meeting of the heads of the Caspian states in Turkmenistan in 2022, according to the website of the Turkmen Foreign Ministry.
Rashid Meredov and Mukhtar Tleuberdi assessed the prospects for increasing bilateral trade and economic cooperation, as well as the interaction of the two countries in the regional context. In particular, attention was paid to the importance of maximizing the use of land and sea transport infrastructure in Turkmenistan and Kazakhstan.