The National Workshop on Multimodal Transport
in the Republic of Kazakhstan
(Astana, 21-22 August, 2008)
The National Workshop on Multimodal Transport in the Republic of Kazakhstan was held in Astana on 21-22 August 2008. It was organized by ECO/ IDB/ UNCTAD/ UNESCAP under a Joint Project for Multimodal Transport in the ECO Region. About 40 stakeholders from the government and private sector, as well as representatives of ECO and UNESCAP participated in it.
The workshop was inaugurated by His Excellency Mr. Azat Bekdurov, Deputy Minister for Transport and Communications of Kazakhstan. ECO’s Deputy Secretary General, Dr. Alybayev and Ms. Geetha Karandawala, Chief, Trade Facilitation Section of UNESCAP also spoke on the occasion.
Resource persons, international as well as national, gave presentations on various aspects of Multimodal Transport and its different modes (road, railway, etc.) and related issues (insurance, finance, private sector partnerships and visa procedures).
International Legal Frameworks for multimodal transport as well as roles and responsibilities of Freight Forwarders were also discussed in detail.
The workshop included a special session to analyze obstacles to development of transport in general, and development of Multimodal Transport in particular, in Kazakhstan. Concrete recommendations were formulated by the workshop. These included, mainly: