Almaty. January 26. Information Center - The opening of
the long-shut Nakhchivan
corridor between Azerbaijan and its southwestern autonomous exclave
bordering Turkey is set to contribute to the rising of trade between Turkey and
some Central Asian countries, namely Kazakhstan, experts said, Anadolu Agency
Saparbay Jubayev, a Kazakh economist, told Anadolu Agency
(AA) in a report published Monday that the Nakhchivan corridor – newly created
in an agreement between Azerbaijan and Armenia following the Russian-brokered
cease-fire between the two ex-Soviet nations – would strengthen
Central Asia's geostrategic position.
Kazakhstan and Azerbaijan have ports on either side of the
Caspian Sea for cargo ships to dock, Jubayev said, adding that this provides
the "opportunity to directly transport cargo from Europe and China among
us without needing Russia or Iran," both poised on the northern and
southern Caspian coastlines, respectively.
He explained that the corridor could pave the way for a
route via Turkey, Azerbaijan and Kazakhstan.
"Thus, reaching Central Asia and China will be easier
for Turkey, while Kazakhstan will expand its way out to the Mediterranean and
Europe via Turkey. Most importantly, it will increase travel to and from
Madiyar Kenjebolat, an expert from the Kazakhstan Economic
Research Institute, said the corridor could also lead to a proliferation of Kazakh-Turkish joint
Products manufactured in Kazakhstan with raw materials
brought from Turkey can be taken to the Russian market free of tax under the
Eurasian Economic Union, Kenjebolat noted.
"The same facilities can be established in the Horgos –
an international free trade zone – on the Kazakhstan-China border," he
Kazakh finance expert Sabit Rısbayev, similarly, pointed out
that the Nakhchivan Corridor will provide a significant advantage to the
countries in the Caucasus, as well.
"With this corridor, the Historical Silk Road will be
revived," said Rısbayev.
After the 44-day war in the Armenian-occupied
Nagorno-Karabakh region resulted in Azerbaijan's victory, Baku and Yerevan
signed an agreement on Nov. 10. It allows Azerbaijan to create the
"Nakhchivan Corridor" that unites Azerbaijan and Nakhchivan.