Herat,February 23, 2018- Multiple high level events took place today in both sides of the border in Turkmenistan and Afghanistan to celebrate the remarkable progress made with respect to a number of prominent mega regional projects as prioritized under RECCA, marking another important milestone towards regional integration.
This significant day started with a high level segment in Islim-Cheshme, Turkmenistan with the presence of H.E. Mohammad Ashraf Ghani, President of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, H.E. Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov, President of Turkmenistan, H.E. Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, Prime Minister of Pakistan, H.E. Mubashir Javed Akbar, Minister of State for External Affairs as well as ambassadors and high-level representatives from regional and international partners. This segment marked the completion of the Turkmen segment of the 1814-km TAPI (Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-
The ceremony also included the signing of the Framework Agreement on TAP (Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-
Leaders from the four countries and ambassadors from various countries participated in the second high level segment which took place in the afternoon in Herat, Afghanistan. Among other activities, the construction of one of the TAPI sub-stations in Herat was inaugurated. Additionally, as a small, but significant part of the South West Corridor, today a 13-kilometer railway line connecting the Turghundi Cross Border Station to Serhetabat in Turkmenistan was operationalized. This segment was reconstructed by Turkmenistan based on a "Built, Operate and Transfer (BOT)" mechanism. As part of the National Railway Plan of Afghanistan and priority railway segments under RECCA, this segment will be extended to Herat, Nimrouz and Kandahar.
These projects together with the fiber optic network form an important economic corridor connecting Central Asia with South Asia through Afghanistan. Once completed, this economic corridor will have transformational impact on the socio-economic conditions along the route.