Nazarbayev: Western Europe - Western China corridor is all-national project
AKTOBE. September 10. KAZINFORM. /Samal Yendibayeva/ Head of the State Nursultan Nazarbayev has taken part in the ceremony of launch of construction of "Western Europe - Western China" transport corridor during his working visit to Aktobe. Kazakh Minister of Transport and Communications Abilgazi Kussainov reported to the President of the progress of realization of that unique international mega project. After the construction-launching ceremony the video reports on commissioning of road sections Atyrau-Beineu and Karabutak-Irgiz and beginning of Merke-Korday section building were demonstrated online. "At present cargo from the Far East is transported via China and the sea to Europe. The new road will cut the distance for transportations 3.5 times. In 10 years cargo transportations via Kazakhstan will increase 2.5 times", Nursultan Nazarbayev said. He also thanked the World Bank, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development and Asian development Bank that injected more than USD 3 billion in the project. The President called it a national construction project. 50,000 people will be employed in the project. The road will pass through five regions of the state. It's full length is 2,787 kilometers.