Azamat Talapbekovich Sulaymanov, Chairman of the State Customs Service (SCS) under the Government of the Kyrgyz Republic, talks to IRU about current trade issues and his views on China’s accession to TIR.
Following last month’s first pilot truck caravan to test the overland trade route from Uzbekistan through Kyrgyzstan to China, the Kyrgyz Republic’s Azamat Talapbekovich Sulaymanov gives insight into national trade issues and the forthcoming implementation of the TIR system in China.
Overview of the transport industry in Kyrgyzstan
Transport in Kyrgyzstan is severely constrained by the country's alpine topography. Roads snake up steep valleys, cross passes of 3,000 metres altitude and more, and are subject to frequent mudslides and snow avalanches. Winter travel is close to impossible in many of the more remote and high-altitude regions.
With support from development banks and investments from China, projects to construct and rehabilitate roads and railways have been undertaken.
Major international road transport and transit corridors to China are the Bishkek-Naryn-Turugart-Kashghar and Osh-Sary Tash-Irkeshtam-Kashghar.
Another important motorway is the Bishkek-Jalal Abad-Osh, also known as “North-South”. It is a priority for Kyrgyzstan as it facilitates transport connectivity between the two main regions of Bishkek and Osh and is a part of longer transit corridor from Tajikistan to Russia via Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan.