Trans-Afghan railroad project set for completion by 2027, says Uzbek official

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Uzbekistan’s Deputy Minister of Transport, Jasurbek Choriev, announced that the Trans-Afghan railroad project is slated for completion by the end of 2027. Choriev made the announcement during the third Tashkent International Investment Forum, as reported by Uzbekistan media.

“The project will connect Uzbekistan, Afghanistan, and Pakistan and play a crucial role in the creation of the Eurasian Transport Corridor, giving Central Asian countries access to an Indian Ocean port,” Choriev said.

He also noted that the railroad would significantly reduce the delivery time of goods from 35 to 5 days and cut delivery costs by at least 40%.

The forum, taking place in Tashkent on May 2-3, has drawn nearly 2,500 participants from 84 countries. Attendees include government officials, corporate executives, and high-ranking representatives from international organizations such as the United Nations, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries, and Shanghai Cooperation Organization.

The forum’s agenda features over 40 events, including breakout sessions, roundtable discussions, presentations, and meetings of intergovernmental commissions. A ceremony to launch several projects in Uzbekistan is also planned.