Russia, China and Mongolia discussed an agreement on international road transport through the Asian Highway network

On August 30, a seminar was held in Ulan-Ude to prepare for the implementation of the Intergovernmental Agreement on International Road Transport via the Asian Highway Network with the participation of the Minister of Transport of Russia Maxim Sokolov, Deputy Minister of Transport of the People's Republic of China Liu Xiaoming, Vice Minister of Roads and Transport of Mongolia Batchuluun Tsogtgeral and duties of the Head of Buryatia Alexey Tsydenov.

The parties discussed practical issues on the implementation of the agreement on the Asian road network, the solution of which will open the movement on the new motorway corridor Russia-Mongolia-China as early as 2018. This will open new horizons for cooperation between the three states, Maxim Sokolov said. "The road connecting Russia, Mongolia and China, becomes an important transport artery for the transport of goods by road. And today, experts from the three countries have the opportunity to discuss practical issues, the solution of which will open the traffic on the new automobile corridor as early as 2018, "the Russian Transport Minister said.

Ulan-Ude is chosen as the starting point of AS 3, one of the two routes envisaged by the agreement. Automobile cargoes will be able to travel from neighboring countries to the capital of Buryatia, then to the West only Russian companies will have the right to transportation.

"We see that in all three sectors - automobile, air and railway - Buryatia can become the center of our transit cooperation. And, of course, the opening of a new corridor will give a new impetus to the development of the logistics business, the construction of cargo handling centers. Both the Republic of Buryatia and transport workers will benefit from this, because the transport component will be much less when transporting goods, "Maxim Sokolov said.

Acting Head of Buryatia Alexei Tsydenov said that the signing of the agreement will give impetus to the development of logistics centers in the territory of Buryatia.

"The agreement provides for the possibility for Chinese road carriers to travel to Ulan-Ude. Thus, there are conditions for the development of logistics centers - the reception, handling and handling of cargo. The republic can become a hub for the flow of goods from Asia to the West, "said Alexei Tsydenov.

"Buryatia has all the prerequisites for the development of investment cooperation - it is an advantageous transport and geographic location in relation to internal and external markets, a rich and well-studied mineral and raw materials base, huge tourist and recreational resources, strategic reserves of clean drinking water, as well as a high scientific, labor and cultural potential. The republic is open for the implementation of new serious projects in the economy, social sphere and, of course, in transport, "Alexey Tsydenov added.

The intergovernmental agreement on international road transport along the Asian Highway network between the Russian Federation, the People's Republic of China and Mongolia was signed on December 8 last year in Moscow as part of the ESCAP ministerial conference on transport. According to the agreement, the parties provide carriers with the right to carry out international road transport on the territories of states by vehicles registered in the territory of the state of one of the parties.

Within the framework of the road seminar, the Russian Minister of Transport Maxim Sokolov held bilateral meetings with the Deputy Minister of Transport of the People's Republic of China Liu Xiaoming, as well as Batchuluun Tsogtgarel, Vice Minister of Transport and Road Development of Mongolia, with Alexei Tydenov.

At a meeting with his Chinese counterpart, Maxim Sokolov noted the importance of this agreement for bilateral cooperation between Russia and China and stated the need for further strengthening of the work within the framework of the One-Way-One Way strategy and the integration of the economic belt of the Silk Road with the Eurasian space. Mr. Liu Xiaoming accepted the invitation of the Russian minister to participate in the transport forum in Moscow, noting that "international cooperation with the regions in the field of transport for China today is a priority."