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Expert laboratories to open in Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan for certification of road vehicles.

The European Union has been completing an important phase of the project "Development of Equipment Certification Centers for the Carriage of Perishable Goods in Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan within the frame of the ATP Agreement" (Autonomous Transport Protocol Project). During the spring, within the framework of the ATP project, four expert laboratories for the certification of road vehicles for perishable goods carriage will be opened in Central Asia (in Kazakhstan, the Kyrgyz Republic, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan). The first of these four laboratories will begin its work on March 18 in Almaty, Kazakhstan.During the timeframe of the ATP Project, the team of EU experts completed the analysis of the transportation market for the carriage of perishable products, assessed the legal regulation of perishable goods transportation, identified the main non-physical barriers for the transportation of perishable goods, conducted training sessions for the ATP experts of Central Asian countries, and identified and supplied the required equipment for the ATP Laboratories. The ATP project started in July 2007 to enhance the capabilities of Central Asian countries in the implementation and application of the "Agreement on the International Carriage of Perishable Foodstuffs and on the Special Equipment to be used for such Carriage" (ATP Agreement). This agreement defines the technical requirements of the refrigeration trucks used for the transportation of perishable food products. The main objective of the agreement is to insure that perishable goods are transported by road vehicles capable of maintaining the required temperatures for the duration of the transportation. This is possible only if a vehicle is equipped with a proper cooling unit (refrigerator or other cooling agent) and has a sufficiently insulated trailer. This international agreement went into force in 1970 and since that time 45 countries have signed the agreement, including two in Central Asia -- Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan. Media representatives are invited to attend the presentation of the expert laboratory on March, 18 at 12.00 on the territory of Industrial Logistics Park PEAK at the following address: Aksenger village, Karasayiskii region of Almaty oblast. The bus with the guests will depart at 11.00 from the Alma-Ata Hotel entrance. The guest and journalists who wish to travel in their own cars can come to the hotel and follow the bus as far as the Logistics Park. A special bus will also be provided at the office of the Delegation of the European Commission in Almaty, Kazybek Bi 20A at 11:00. The opening ceremony will be chaired by the Head of Delegation of the European Commission to Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic and Tajikistan, Mr. Norbert Jousten and the Vice-Minister of Transport and Communication of the Republic of Kazakhstan, Mr. Azat Bekturov.The opening of the expert laboratory will coincide with the 14 Session of SPECA Project Working Group on Transport and Border Crossing (SPECA PWG-TBC) held on March, 17-18. It is expected that the participants of the SPECA PWG-TBC from 6 countries, UNECE, UNESCAP and the representatives of Ministry of Transport and Communications and Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Republic of Kazakhstan with take part in the opening ceremony.

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Date:Mar 18, 2009
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