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Vietnam, Kazakhstan discuss boosting cargo transport

Released at: 13:40, 17/05/2016

Vietnam, Kazakhstan discuss boosting cargo transport

Forum hears that FTA between Vietnam and Eurasian Economic Union facilitates transport cooperation between Vietnam and Kazakhstan.

by Nguyen Quynh

The Vietnam - Eurasian Economic Union Free Trade Agreement (Vietnam EAEU FTA) opens up many partnership opportunities for Vietnam and Kazakhstan, especially in transport, H.E. Beketzhan Zhumakhanov, Ambassador of Kazakhstan to Vietnam, told a forum on transport cooperation among Vietnam, Kazakhstan, and the EAEU held in Hanoi on May 16.

The signing of the Vietnam-EAEU FTA will present opportunities, he said, for cooperation in logistics and the import and export of farm produce and seafood between Vietnam and European countries, including Kazakhstan.

Cargo transport will develop following the Vietnam-EAEU FTA, said Mr. Phan Quoc Anh, Deputy General Director of Vietnam Railways. “Transport of goods by train from Vietnam through China to Kazakhstan and other EAEU countries is more convenient than by road,” he explained.

The Kazakh Ambassador also told the forum that a Kazakhstan team would soon visit northern mountainous Lao Cai province to assess transport infrastructure and potential.

Mr. Kanat Alpysbayez, Vice President of logistics of Kazakhstan Railways, told the forum that the country’s railway sector would support goods from Vietnam and other EAEU FTA signatories to circulate smoothly.

He recommended Vietnam take the lead in transporting goods via railway to China, Kazakhstan and other European countries.

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