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Kazakhstan: "Bright Road" Initiative July 11, 2019

Kazakhstan: "Bright Road" Initiative

In November 2014, President Nazarbayev of Kazakhstan announced an economic policy called "Bright Road," intended to spur the country's economic growth by means of largescale investment.

The "Bright Road" Initiative plans to spend US$9 billion over a period of three years on transport, logistics, industrial and energy infrastructure, public facilities, water and heating supply, housing, public services, and small and medium enterprises. The huge investment will upgrade Kazakhstan's transport network and make the country a global transit corridor connecting markets in China, Europe and the Middle East.

Kazakhstan's decision-makers expect that the initiative will double the freight transported through the country to China, Central Asia, Russia and Europe, to 33 million tons per year. They and their Chinese counterparts agree that the "Bright Road" Initiative and the Belt and Road Initiative are complementary and mutually reinforcing. They have expressed a strong desire to seek a better alignment of the two, and practical measures are being taken in this regard.


哈萨克斯坦总统纳扎尔巴耶夫在2014年11月发表的国情咨文中宣布,实行“光明之路”新经济政策,以大规模的投资计划促进哈萨克斯坦的经济增长。“光明之路”计划在3年之内将90亿美元分配到运输物流业建设、工业和能源基础设施建设、公共设施和水热供应网络改善、住房和社会基础设施建设、中小型企业扶持等方面。“光明之路”的核心在于对运输和物流基础设施项目的大规模投资,目的在于发展哈萨克斯坦的国内运输网络,并将哈萨克斯坦打造成连接中国、欧洲与中东各大市场的全球交通走廊。哈萨克斯坦决策者预计“光明之路”的实施将使沿中国、中亚、俄罗斯和欧洲线路运输的货运量翻一番,达到每年3300 万吨。中哈两国领导人多次指出,“光明之路”与“一带一路”有众多契合点和互补性。双方表达了对接的强烈意愿,并已采取务实措施。