Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Belarus, Mongolia to step up cooperation in transport

MINSK, 4 March (BelTA) - Belarus and Mongolia intend to invigorate bilateral cooperation in the field of transport and the construction of road facilities, BelTA learnt from the press service of the Transport and Communications Ministry of Belarus.

On 3 March heads of transport ministries of the two countries Anatoly Sivak and Amarzhargal Gansukh signed a cooperation memorandum which stipulates the implementation of relevant initiatives.

As far as the field of motor transport is concerned, the sides have undertaken to work to simplify rules governing international transportation of people and cargos, including transit through Belarus and Mongolia. Transport specialists of the two countries will exchange experience in road construction. Belarusian specialists are ready to provide methodological and technical assistance to colleagues from Mongolia, in particular to help Mongolia carry out necessary tests to determine which type of road bitumen and asphalt concrete will be suitable for road construction in Mongolia considering that country’s climatic conditions.

Belarusian and Ulaanbaatar railways have agreed to cooperate in capital repairs and modernization of railway equipment and junctions, cooperation in the field of technical regulations and standardization. The sides will also render mutual assistance in road haulage from Mongolia to Belarus and transit from China to Western Europe and back. The Belarusian side informed Mongolia about OAO Stadler Minsk’s readiness to introduce a tram service in Ulaanbaatar in line with a turn-key contract. It is ready to create railway communication systems, which will function according to the same principles as city lines, and also to ship railway vehicles for these systems.

In the field of air transport the sides will continue work to finish intrastate procedures required for the entry into force of the agreement on flight connection.

Anatoly Sivak noted at the meeting that the memorandum is aimed at the practical consolidation of the solid basement which has already been laid in the relations of the two states. The Minister expressed hope that the implementation of the initiatives laid down in the document will be another step towards the establishment of effective transport ties which will benefit the economies of Belarus and Mongolia. It is also important to facilitate the development of transit through the territory of the two countries. One of examples of such cooperation is the implementation of the international project to transport cargoes from the EU to Mongolia using the high-speed train Mongolian Vector. Anatoly Sivak added that cargoes should be transported by this train more frequently.

The Minister of Roads and Transport of Mongolia underlined that his country pays great attention to the intensification of transit from Europe to Asia. “The Mongolian side is open for the use of the railway corridor which links Russia and China,” he said. The Minister stressed that Mongolia is going to build 1,800 km of railways and about 5,000 km of motor ways. One of the greatest infrastructural projects in Mongolia in the forthcoming three years will be the construction of a 1,000km-long motor way which will link Russia and China. In this regard Anatoly Sivak underlined that Belarusian enterprises have a rich experience in designing and constructing railways and motor ways.

The sides agreed that despite a great distance between the countries international road haulage has been recently developing quite quickly, which proves that such cooperation is promising and mutually beneficial.

The visit of the delegation from Mongolia’s Ministry of Roads and Transport will conclude on 6 March. The Mongolian officials will get familiar with the operation of OAO BelAZ, the terminal of the railway station Minsk Passazhirsky, the potential of OAO Management Company of the Belkommunmash Holding Company, OAO Stadler Minsk, motor transport infrastructure along the M1/E30 motor way, transshipment capabilities of the Brest railway junction and the operation of the highway border crossing Kozlovichi.

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