Caspian Policy Center (CPC) Hosted A Special Ambassadorial Luncheon On The Baku- Tbilisi- Kars (BTK) Railway And Its Regional Opportunities for the U.S.
Author:Caspian Policy Center
Nov 14, 2017
Ambassador Kılıç “ #BTKRailway connects not only Azerbaijan, Georgia and Turkey, but also all the Central Asian Republics with the western transportation route.” @caspiancenter pic.twitter.com/nFHPlLm2uh— TurkishEmbassyDC (@TurkishEmbassy) November 14, 2017
The BTK railway project, initially proposed more than two decades ago, is finally coming to an end and the railway is going to be in operation before the end of this year. On October 30, 2017, an official opening ceremony of the BTK railway took place in Baku with the participation of heads of states and governments of Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Turkey and Uzbekistan. The initial capacity of the railway will be 6.5 million tons of cargo and one million passengers per year. Under its full capacity, the railway's total volume is projected up to 17 million tons of cargo annually. The BTK railway is a part of the Trans-Caspian International Transport Route (TCITR) designed to be a corridor from China to Europe.
The US government representatives, Matt Ewards, Director of the Office of Russia, Ukraine and Eurasia, the U.S. Department of Commerce, Peter Haas, Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary for Trade Policy and Negotiations, the U.S. Department of State and Ambassador Richard Norland from the Office of the Chairman of the Joint Chief of Staff also delivered their remarks on the importance of the Baku - Tbilisi- Kars for the regional transport network.
@caspiancenter Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary for Trade, Policy and Negotiations #PeterHaas is among honorable speakers at #SpecialAmbassadorialLuncheon @StateDept #BTKRailway pic.twitter.com/zibB4eOyNz— Emb of Azerbaijan US (@azembassyus) November 14, 2017
The discussion ended with the closing remarks by Ambassador Richard E. Hoagland, CPC Board member and a family photo of the speakers and participants.Would you like to hear about future CPC events? Subscribe to our weekly newsletter at caspianpolicy.org or follow us on Twitter and Facebook to save your spot well in advance.