Deutsche Bahn and Kazakhstan Railways (KTZ) today signed a framework agreement for further cooperation. On the fringes of a visit to Germany by Kazakhstan's president, Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, the Deutsche Bahn subsidiary DB Engineering & Consulting (DB E&C) reached a new agreement with KTZ on consulting services for passenger transport and rail freight.
The new contract will run for three years. DB E&C has already provided consulting services to KTZ's passenger transport division in the past. Kazakhstan is the largest of the Central Asian republics and an important economic partner for Germany.
Niko Warbanoff, Chairman of the Managing Board of the DB E.C.O. Group, which also includes DB E&C: "We are delighted with the new contract and the confidence that KTZ has placed in us. Together, we will develop Kazakhstan Railways into a modern competitive company – from corporate governance through to the services offered to customers."
One aim of the consulting work in rail freight transport is to increase traffic between Kazakhstan and Central Europe on the Eurasian corridor and integrate it into the European transport system.
About DB E&C
DB E&C has been advising on, designing and implementing infrastructure projects from conception to operation since 1966. DB E&C is part of the DB E.C.O. Group, Deutsche Bahn's international provider of engineering and consulting services and infrastructure and transport operation.
pictured above (left to right): Zhanibek Taizhanov, General Director, KTZ Passenger Transportation, Nurlan Sauranbayev, Chairman of the Mangement Board, KTZ, and Niko Warbanoff, CEO of DB E.C.O. Group