The fifth meeting of the Ministers of Transport of the Cooperation Council of Turkic Speaking States (CCTS, Turkic Council) was held in Budapest. The meeting was organized by the Ministry of Innovation and Technology of Hungary.
The meeting was attended by the ministers of transport of the member countries of the Turkic Council and observer states, as well as the representative of Turkey in the Council of Elders under the CCTS, Binali Yildirim.
The meeting was moderated by the Secretary General of the Turkic Council Baghdad Amreev.
Speaking at the meeting, Turkish Transport and Infrastructure Minister Adil Karaismailoglu said that the countries of the Turkic Council, with a young and dynamic population of 160 million people and an economic power of $ 1.1 trillion, represent a community with the potential to become a global power.
Karaismailoglu stated that the Baku-Tbilisi-Kars (BTK) railway, one of the most important and strategic components of the physical connection between the countries of the Turkic Council, is of great importance for the economic development and well-being of the Turkic world.
The minister said that the closure of the border between Iran and Turkmenistan during the pandemic reaffirmed the importance of the BTK. In the first 9 months of 2021, the volume of freight traffic increased by 68 percent compared to the same period of the previous year, he noted.
The Turkish minister hopes that the problems of high transit tariffs and irregular flights, which create difficulties for the implementation of logistics operations, will soon be eliminated by joint efforts and the route through the Caspian Sea will become the most preferable and competitive.
“Elimination of current problems is crucial for the effective use of the Trans-Caspian route in the post-pandemic period, and Turkey is ready to support all steps that will be taken in this direction,” the head of the Ministry of Transport said.
Yildirim, in turn, noted that the Turkic Council has strengthened the atmosphere of fraternal relations, having achieved obvious results in many areas in accordance with the changing needs of the member countries of the organization.
As a result of the Council’s achievements, in 2018 Hungary entered the council as an observer country, and Uzbekistan joined the structure in 2019 as a full member, he said.
Yildirim said that cargo transportation is the key to establishing developed trade relations between countries, therefore, at all summits of the Turkic Council, the heads of state attach great importance to the development of transport cooperation between the member states, as well as the creation of the Trans-Caspian corridor passing through the territory of Turkey.
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