Mangistau Region Becomes a Major Transport & Logistics Center

President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev held a meeting on the socio-economic development of the Mangistau region. Opening the meeting, the Head of State stressed the important historical, cultural, spiritual, ideological and geopolitical significance of the Caspian region, reports the press service of Akorda.

In the context of the development of the oil and gas industry, the infrastructure and transport and logistics potential of the country, President Nazarbayev noted the special contribution of the Mangistau region to the national economy. The state program "Nurly Zhol" is a continuation of the "development of regions by 2020" program.

"Thanks to the Nurly Zhol program, the region is becoming a major transport and logistics center that unites air, road, rail, ferry and sea transport networks, including the international airport, the railway routes Zhezkazgan – Beyneu and Uzen - the State border of Turkmenistan, the highway Atyrau - Aktau, the modern seaport of Aktau, and the ferry complex Kuryk. These projects will have a big impact on the economy of the region,” the President of Kazakhstan said.

He also spoke ahead of the Fifth Caspian Summit. "Tomorrow, the heads of five Caspian states will gather here and sign a historical document - the Convention on the Legal Status of the Caspian Sea, which we have been working towards for 20 years," Nazarbayev emphasized.

Eraly Tugzhanov, Govenor of Mangistau region, pointed out that 42 projects have been introduced in the region since the implementation of the Industrialization Map. Presently in the process of implementation are 89 projects with an investment volume of 418 billion Tenge ($1,163,126,800.00).

"It is necessary to achieve stable economic growth,” Nazarbayev said. “To do this, we must diversify the economy and ensure the development of the service and manufacturing sectors. For example, on an area of 2,000 hectares here, the special economic zone Aktau Sea Port operates. The State allocated funds for the development of its infrastructure. Now, we need to intensify its activities and create alternative jobs.”

The investment projects of the Mangistau region were presented. Among them, a factory for the production of yarn and fabrics, a gas turbine power station in the city of Zhanaozen, a desalination plant in the village of Kuryk, a steam-gas installation at the site of Maek Kazatomprom LLP, a wind power plant in the Tupkaragan region, and the Aktau eco-city.

By Dimitri Dolaberidze

13 August 2018 15:44