AD Ports, Kazakhstan Railways form joint railway venture in Central Asia

AD Ports Group, Kazakhstan Railways form joint railway venture in Central Asia

AD Ports Group (AD Ports) has formed a joint venture with Kazakhstan Temir Zholy JSC (Kazakhstan Railways) to boost rail connectivity, maritime services, port operations, and digital transformation in Central Asia.

Under the terms of the agreement, a joint venture, owned 51 per cent by AD Ports Group and 49 per cent by KTZ, will aim to establish a dynamic regional logistics hub, leveraging AD Ports Group’s expertise in management, operations, and development of logistics operations and digital transformation.

Abdulaziz Zayed Al-Shamsi, Regional CEO of AD Ports Group, said: “Our joint venture with Kazakhstan Railways has the potential to not only strengthen maritime connectivity between the Middle East and Central Asia, but also opens up new trade routes, making it easier and more efficient to move goods across these two regions.

“We see this enhanced connectivity leading to increased trade volumes for the benefit of the global maritime industry. Additionally, by leveraging our combined strengths, we are set to create a thriving regional economy, which will have a positive impact on the global maritime industry through increased demand for shipping and logistics services.”

READ: AD Ports achieves threefold revenue growth to $1.15 billion

Yerlan Koishibayev Deputy CEO for Logistics of Kazakhstan Railways, said: “The new joint venture will focus on expanding port infrastructure on the Caspian Sea, creating trade hubs and bringing advance digital technologies.

“Cooperation between Kazakhstan Railways and AD Ports Group will contribute to the development of transport and transit potential of Kazakhstan, increase export directions and create a market for Kazakhstani goods in the Arabian Gulf countries.”

The joint venture will be implemented in phases, with both entities collaborating to develop maritime electronic systems, vessel operations, port and trade development, in addition to railway infrastructure expansion.

Last month, AD Ports announced the purchase of 10 offshore vessels set to bolster offshore operations in the Middle East and Southeast Asia.

More recently, the Group together with the Vietnam Maritime Administration (VINAMARINE), a government authority managed by Vietnam’s Ministry of Transport, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for a maritime partnership.

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