ADB and Kazakhstan: Connecting East and West

Video | 8 April 2014

In landlocked Kazakhstan, connectivity is key to economic development. The government is upgrading more than 2,700 km of road to eventually link the People's Republic of China to Europe. The Asian Development Bank, along with partners, is funding a 470 km stretch of the road in Zhambyl Oblast.

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Title: ADB and Kazakhstan: Connecting East and West

Description: In landlocked Kazakhstan, connectivity is key to economic development. The government is upgrading more than 2,700 km of road to eventually link the People's Republic of China to Europe. The Asian Development Bank, along with partners, is funding a 470 km stretch of the road in Zhambyl Oblast.

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VO: Camels once carried the wealth of trade on their backs through Kazakhstan, along the Silk Road that covered much of the known world. Creating trade routes and transport routes, commerce and culture, as the world opened further and further to the people of Central Asia.

Today trade and transport routes require more efficiency.

Kazakhstan's Western Europe - Western PRC Corridor investment program will upgrade two thousand seven hundred and fifteen kilometres of road sections - running from Khorgos through Almaty and Shymket to the Russian Federation’s western border.

Anatoliy Makovnikov,
Frequent driver
SOT: Before the road reconstruction, the road was very bad, of low quality, all holes. I can't even find words to describe it. After reconstruction, driving is a pleasure it is a pleasure.

Aruzhan Zhenisbekova,
Café owner
SOT: I think after the road reconstruction everything is better especially for the drivers.

Rustam
Truck driver
SOT: We are happy with the road. I wish that all roads in Kazakhstan were like this one. It’s good for drivers and for the trucks of course.

VO: The world’s largest land locked country - enhancing regional cooperation, lowering transport costs, and increasing  competitiveness.

All with the help of a more efficient transport network in south Kazakhstan.