Within four years a network of industrial enterprises will be constructed In Turkmenistan

In Turkmenistan in the next three years it is planned to construct a network of industrial and manufacturing enterprises. The corresponding decision was signed by president Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov at the meeting of the Cabinet of Ministers of Turkmenistan in a videoconference format.

The document assigns the Minister of Industry and Construction Production of Turkmenistan to provide the building of industrial and production projects in 2020-2023. According to the decision, the above-named ministry is entrusted to hold international tenders on selection of contractors for construction of the given projects.

In this regard, the building of the second turns of Baherden and Lebap cement works of the state enterprise “Turkmencement” that will allow to bring up their capacity to 1 million tons of cement per year.

Besides it, in Baherden district it is planned to construct a factory for manufacture of ceramic tile and sanitary earthenware products, in Gokdepe district – a glass factory with a daily capacity of 100 tons and in Dashoguz city a factory for manufacturing of ceramic ware. Among the projects planned to be built is an enterprise for manufacture of rebar rolled products with an annual capacity of 150 thousand tons.

Kazakhstan exporting grain to Afghanistan through Turkmenistan

Kazakhstan is looking for an alternative route for the supply of flour to Afghanistan, bypassing Uzbekistan, AfTAG reports quoting the Kazakh Telegraph Agency (KazTAG).

“Afghanistan is the main importer of flour from Kazakhstan (Kazakhstan’s share in the Afghan flour market is about 60%). However, Uzbekistan sets high rates for the transit of flour through Uzbekistan to Afghanistan. (…) In order to resolve this issue, KazAgro NMH JSC is developing alternative routes for flour delivery to Afghanistan through Turkmenistan”, Prime Minister Askar Mamin said, responding to a request from Mazhilis deputy Amanzhan Zhamalov.

The prime minister cited the data of the Organization of Legal Entities “Union of Grain Processors of Kazakhstan”, according to which Turkmenistan is interested both in developing transportation across its territory and creating competitive routes, and provides a 30% transit rate discount, equal to the tariff for domestic transportation.

According to the Cabinet head, Uzbekistan, protecting the domestic market from import of goods, uses an excise policy and high tariffs for the transit of imported products through Uzbekistan.

“The right to apply excise taxes equivalent to customs duties is enshrined in the protocol on the CIS free trade zone agreement application until December 31, 2020,” the Kazakh prime minister specified.

North China resumes cargo train to Europe and Central Asia

Due to the coronavirus outbreak, reduced traffic and close of borders, the world rating agencies are pushed to reconsider their regional and global economic forecasts for a fall. This is understandable as the decrease in cargo and passenger traffic is the first evidence of the crisis phenomena associated with the spread of COVID-19.

However, even the coronavirus cannot cancel the economy. Moreover, a well-functioning economy is the main guarantee of a future victory over COVID-19. As they said in old times, War is just war, but lunch is on a schedule. In this regard, in a series of reports on quarantine measures taken by one or another country due to the coronavirus outbreak, there are some positive news as well. A train loaded with 660 tonnes of cargo left the city of Shijiazhuang, north China’s Hebei Province, and headed for Uzbekistan, which indicates the resumption of freight transportation from this city to Europe and Central Asia, Chinese People’s Daily reports.

It is the first cargo train that left Hebei Province as part of China-Europe and China-Central Asia railroad freight activity amid the novel coronavirus epidemic. In total, the 42 containers of goods with a total value of around 30 million yuan will be delivered to Central Asia. The cargo train includes auto parts, mechanical equipment, steel pipes, building materials and other commodities produced in cities of Hebei Province.

The resumption of freight trains provided strong support for the resumption of production and operation for trade enterprises in the province. The report says that starting from March of this year, Hebei will launch more freight trains within China-Europe and China-Central Asia railroad freight activity to provide free logistics channel for international freight traffic along the Belt and Road and to support the growth of foreign trade.