Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) member countries have agreed upon boosting cooperation in international motor and rail transportation and transport infrastructure, an Interfax correspondent has reported from a meeting of the SCO transport ministers held in Ufa on Friday.
The ministers approved a protocol on the creation of a joint commission to promote international cargo transportation by motor vehicles.
The document emphasized the need for developing road infrastructures and multifunctional service centers on SCO international motor routes and for a broader use of fuel gas.
The ministers declared the development of railroad transport, including high-speed rail lines, international multimodal logistics centers and innovative technologies in transport as their primary objectives.
The projects will use the capacities of international development bank, among them the SCO Development Bank.
Proposals regarding the formation of an integrated transportation system in the SCO and the use of the potential of the Trans-Siberian and Baikal-Amur railroads coupled with the Silk Roads Economic Belt project will be drawn up by relevant departments by the next meeting whose date and venue will be coordinated in a later period.
SCO member states are expected to continue optimization of rail cargo transportation tariffs and cargo processing fees of ports and border checkpoints.
As to air transportation, Bashkortostan head Rustem Khamitov offered the ministers to discuss the possible opening of a direct air route between Ufa and the capital cities of SCO and BRICS member countries.
Ufa will play host to SCO and BRICS summits on July 9-10.
The SCO transport ministers are holding a meeting in Ufa on May 14-15. The meeting is being attended by delegations from China, Kazakhstan, Russia, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Pakistan, India, Afghanistan, Iran, Mongolia, Belarus, Turkey and Sri Lanka.
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