Four meetings of the Ministers of Transport, two meetings of the Coordination Council on Transport at deputy minister-level, eight meetings of the Working Group have been organized so far.
The last (fourth) Meeting of the Ministers of Transport of the Turkic Council was hosted by the Minister of Transport and Roads of the Kyrgyz Republic Zhanat Beishenov on 17 April 2019 in Bishkek. Other than the Ministers and Deputy Ministers of the Member States, State Secretary responsible for Transport Policy at the Ministry of Innovation and Technology of Hungary, László Mosoczi also attended the ministerial meeting.
Ministers and the Secretary General emphasized the important role that transport plays in the socio-economic development of the Member States, labeling the transport sector as one of the core areas of interest for the ongoing cooperation among the Member States.
They underscored the significant developments in the Trans-Caspian Transport Corridor taking place in the last couple of years, particularly the reduction of logistical expenses along the corridor, facilitation of customs procedures in Aktau Port due to Single Window System and reduction of port charges, which made the transport operations faster and cheaper, opening of the Baku-Tbilisi-Kars railway, completion of projects such as the Marmaray Rail Tunnel, Yavuz Sultan Selim Bridge and Eurasia Tunnel, reconstruction of Bishkek-Naryn-Torugart Road and ongoing development of the China-Kyrgyzstan-Uzbekistan railway project. They also expressed that cooperation in the field of transport among the Turkic Council Member States is one of the main and important items of the agenda of the Summits. They noted that the Presidents of the Member States have placed a huge emphasis on enhancing the transport cooperation among the Turkic Council Member States and on rendering the Trans-Caspian Transport Corridor passing through the Member States countries an efficient and sustainable route in East-West trade.
The 8th Meeting of Turkic Council Working Group on Transport was held one day before the ministerial meeting. During the meeting, experts discussed the measures necessary to be taken to facilitate transport and transit operations (road, railway, sea) among the Member States, to enhance potential multilateral cooperation mechanism and opportunities for the development of the Corridor and to develop transport cooperation between the Member States and Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan and Hungary.
Member States agreed to conduct a demonstration run of a road trade caravan along the Trans-Caspian Corridor to demonstrate the efficiency of the corridor. They also agreed to organize an International Logistics Forum in Aktau in May 2019 with the participation of government officials, logistics companies of the Member States and regional countries from all transport modes, representatives of the seaports, dry-ports and logistics centres, as well as the representatives of relevant credible regional and international organizations. They noted that the development of logistic centres is one of the main components of foreign economic and trade relations among the Turkic Council Member States and stressed the necessity of providing efficient transport logistic infrastructure for the competitiveness of the corridor.
State Secretary responsible for Transport Policy, Ministry of Innovation and Technology of Hungary László Mosoczi emphasized that the Government of Hungary is open for cooperation with Turkic Council Member States. Highlighting the Turkic States’ transit potential, State Secretary stated that Hungary with its close EU relations may work as a collecting and distributing point at the western end of the Trans-Turkic route. He also stressed that Hungary welcomes the developments of bilateral collaboration and exchanges in the field of international road transport with the Turkic Council Member States.
During the meeting Deputy Director General of the Baku International Sea Trade Port Akbar Karimov made a presentation on the current state of cooperation among the Turkic Council Sister Ports, as well as on their potential to attract freight flow in China-Europe axis, in his capacity as the host of the last Sister Ports meeting.
At the end of the meeting the representatives of seaports of the Turkic Council Member States signed the Additional Protocol allowing “Port Kuryk” LLP to become a party to the Turkic Council Sister Ports process.
Parties agreed to convene the 5th meeting of Ministers of Transport of the Turkic Council in Budapest, Hungary in 2020.