On February 24, the First Deputy Prime Minister of the Republic of Kazakhstan, Askar Mamin, during a working visit to Mangistau region held a meeting on the development of the SEZ Sea Port Aktau and the Logistics Infrastructure Development Plan in the Caspian. The meeting was held in the port of Aktau.
As reported by the Chairman of the Board of JSC “SEZ” Morport Aktau “Bauyrzhan Kayratov, FEZ” Morport Aktau “was established in 2002 with the purpose of attracting investments for the development of export-oriented and high-tech industries. 27 members are registered. Currently, investors are working from China, Turkey, Germany, Italy, Britain, Azerbaijan. 18 investment projects were implemented, 1300 workplaces were created, products were produced for 260.4 billion tenge, payments to the budget amounted to KZT23.6 billion. According to B. Kairatov, in 2018 it is planned to implement 5 projects for a total of KZT 10.5 billion with the creation of 224 jobs.
First Deputy Prime Minister of the Republic of Kazakhstan A. Mamin noted that enterprises participating in FEZ should make every effort to increase the competitiveness of their products both on the domestic and foreign markets. In addition, he instructed to intensify the work on attracting foreign investment in the FEZ, stressing that “this issue is under special control of the Government.”
Vice president of KTZ Sanzhar Elyubayev reported about the Work Plan of Logistics Infrastructure in the Caspian Sea for 2018-2020.
He informed that in 2017 the Caspian multimodal node of Kazakhstan processed over 5.5 million tons of cargo. With a decrease in the transportation of crude oil, work continued to diversify the cargo base in the Caspian Sea, the part of general cargo increased to 80% of the total transshipment compared to 60% in 2016.
In 2018, the transshipment volume will be more than 10 million tons, the share of dry and ferry cargo will remain at 80%, and by 2020 will be about 16.7 million tons. At the same time, the volume of container cargo through ports in 2018 is planned to be at the level of 35 thousand TEU, and by 2020 – 300 thousand TEU.
In 2017, the volume of transshipment of cargo through the port of Kuryk amounted to 1.5 million tons of various cargo. This year, this figure is planned to increase to 4.5 million tons.
First Deputy Prime Minister stressed that “objects of logistics infrastructure in the Caspian Sea are an important link in the Trans-Caspian corridor. The head of state N.Nazarbayev set the task of increasing the transit potential. To fulfill the President’s instruction, a modern logistics infrastructure is being created. Already today we see positive results, for example, in the port of Kuryk this year we plan to increase the volumes of ferry cargo by about 3 times. ”
As part of the trip to Mangistau region, A.Mamin got acquainted with the activities of Kuryk port, the zone of border and customs infrastructure, social facilities, as well as the process of transshipment of vehicles to the countries of the Caucasus region, Russia and Turkey. In total in the current year, it is planned to provide transshipment of about 20 thousand pieces of equipment, which is twice as much as in the previous year.