Modernization of the Trans-Siberian and Baikal-Amur railways that the Russian side began will help to increase the freight traffic in the SCO space up to 210 million tons by 2025. Development and connection of the Northern Sea Route and the Chinese initiative Maritime Silk Road will create a global and competitive route connecting the countries of the SCO, ASEAN and the European Union. At the same time, prompt construction of railways will become a top priority for development of transportation infrastructure in Eurasia — Vladimir Norov, Secretary General, Shanghai Cooperation Organisation.
We realize that the Greater Eurasian Partnership also implies development of sea routes, which are the most profitable form of shipping to Asia. We see that for a long time we have been developing production in the central part of the continent and that in time this will significantly help to saturate the spread of land corridors — Samnang Tean, President, National Institute of Diplomacy and International Relation (NIDIR) of the Kingdom of Cambodia.
In experts’ opinion, creating a unified data base on international transport corridors may be very promising for the countries of Greater Eurasia. It should reflect routes, rates, terms and times of shipping, types of transport available, and route traffic. Partnership agreements in this area open up new opportunities for coordinating rate policies and trans-border cargo requirements — Mikhail Fradkov, Director, Russian Institute for Strategic Studies.
A lot has been said about transportation infrastructure. If you use land routes from Norway to Chongqing, China through Russia and Kazakhstan, it takes 15 days on a sea route, which is three times longer than on land. This is proven by the increase in cargo travelling on this route — Tadzio Schilling, Chief Executive Officer, Association of European Businesses.