Construction of the railway China-Kyrgyzstan-Uzbekistan will begin in 2016, Prime Minister of the Kyrgyz Republic Temir Sariev said, according to the government website.
"In the case of the completion of the railway China-Kyrgyzstan-Uzbekistan, access to the sea will be open for us. Currently, the project is being coordinated with the Chinese side. In particular, we are discussing the width of the track of the railway. The People's Republic of China has sufficient funds and capacity to implement the project in the shortest possible time,” Sariev said.
According to him, China's high-speed railways connect almost all the regions together.
"Construction of the railway will give an impetus to the development of the economy. In addition, this project involves construction of the relevant infrastructure," the head of government said.
Temir Sariev stressed that all these projects are provided in the framework of the Economic Belt of the Silk Road.
"If the project of construction of the railway is implemented as planned, it will be able to transit loads up to 15-20 million tons per year through Kyrgyzstan. In the future, it provides for the possibility of extending the railway to Iran. The initial phase of the project is scheduled to begin in 2016," the Prime Minister Temir Sariyev concluded.