Russia, Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan agree to develop a multimodal corridor across the Caspian Sea
(Photo: Ministry of Transport of Uzbekista)

On 1 November 2023 in Tashkent a Memorandum of Understanding was signed on the creation and development of the international multimodal transport corridor Russia – Caspian Sea – Turkmenistan – Uzbekistan – Kyrgyzstan. The document was signed by the Deputy Minister of Transport of the Russian Federation Dmitry Zverev, the Minister of Transport of Uzbekistan Ikhlom Makhkamov and the Minister of Transport and Communications of the Kyrgyz Republic Tilek Tekebaev. The signing took place within the framework of the First International Transport Forum of the member countries of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO), as reported on the Telegram channel of the Ministry of Transport of Uzbekistan.

In addition, a Memorandum of Understanding on the creation and development of the International Transport Corridor (ITC) Belarus-Russia-Kazakhstan-Uzbekistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan was signed. In addition to Ilkhom Makhkamov and Dmitry Zverev, the document was signed by Talgat Lastaev, Deputy Head of the Ministry of Transport of Kazakhstan.

Speaking at the Forum, Ilkhom Makhkamov put forward proposals for the further development of the transport and logistics potential of the SCO member states. These included the organisation of alternative transport routes, the harmonisation of transport standards, the application of a flexible tariff policy, the construction of large multimodal logistics centres along transport routes and in border areas, the organisation of 24-hour work at border checkpoints and the simplification of visa procedures, the widespread introduction of digital technologies and intelligent systems, and the exchange of best practices in the field of logistics.