On February 24, during a working visit to Mangystau region, First Deputy Prime Minister Askar Mamin held a meeting on the development of the SEZ Aktau Seaport and the implementation of the Caspian Logistics Infrastructure Development Plan.

According to Chairman of the SEZ Aktau Seaport Bauyrzhan Kairatov, the free economic zone was established in 2002 with the purpose of attracting investments for the development of export-oriented and high-tech industries. It has 27 registered members. It now involves investors from China, Turkey, Germany, Italy, Britain, and Azerbaijan. 18 investment projects have been implemented, 1300 workplaces were created, products worth 260.4 billion tenge have been manufactured, payments to the budget amounted to 23.6 billion tenge.

According to B. Kairatov, in 2018 it is planned to implement five projects for a total of 10.5 billion tenge, creating 224 workplaces.

Askar Mamin noted that the enterprises participating in the Aktau Seaport should make every effort to increase the competitiveness of their products both on the domestic and foreign markets. In addition, he instructed to intensify the work on attracting foreign investment in the SEZ, stressing that “this issue is monitored by the Government."

Vice President of NC Kazakhstan Temir Zholy Sanzhar Elyubayev reported on the Work Plan for the Caspian Logistics Infrastructure for 2018-2020.

He informed that in 2017 Kazakhstan’s Caspian multimodal node processed over 5.5 million tonnes of cargo. With the decline in transportation of crude oil, work continued to diversify cargo content in the Caspian Sea, the share of general cargo increased to 80% of the total transshipment compared to 60% in 2016.

In 2018, the transshipment volume will be more than 10 million tonnes, the share of dry and ferry cargo will remain at 80%, and by 2020 will be about 16.7 million tonnes. The volume of container cargo through ports in 2018 is planned to be maintained at the level of 35 thousand TEU, and by 2020 - 300 thousand TEU.

In 2017, the volume of cargo transshipment through the port of Kuryk amounted to 1.5 million tonnes of various cargo. This year, this figure is planned to be brought up to 4.5 million tonnes.

The First Deputy Prime Minister stressed that “logistics infrastructure facilities in the Caspian Sea are an important link in the Trans-Caspian corridor. The Head of State N. Nazarbayev set the task of increasing the transit potential. In pursuance of the President's instruction, a modern logistics infrastructure is being created. Already today we see positive results, for example, in the port of Kuryk this year we plan to increase the volume of ferry cargo by about three times”.

Within the framework of his trip to Mangystau region, A. Mamin got acquainted with the activities of the Kuryk port, the border and customs infrastructure, social facilities, as well as the process of transshipment of vehicles to the countries of the Caucasus region, Russia and Turkey. In total, this year it is planned to transship about 20 thousand units of equipment, which is twice as much as in the previous year.

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Published: 26 February 2018

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