The final agreement was recently reached between Kazakhstan and Azerbaijan on construction of the underwater section of the Trans-Eurasian Information Super Highway (TASIM), according to Azerbaijan Minister of Communications and High Technologies Ali Abbasov. The agreement is expected to be signed during the first quarter of the year, so that construction can be launched by the end of 2015.
“The TASIM project envisions the creation of the main transit line connecting Frankfurt, Germany and Hong Kong, China. The network, which will bring together the major information centres of Europe and Asia, will run through the territory of China, Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan, Georgia and Turkey, ending up in Germany. The second alternative northern transit link is scheduled to be constructed in the territory of Russia, Ukraine and Poland,” said Abbasov.
The following partners are currently involved in the TASIM project: Russia (Rostelecom), Kazakhstan (KazTransCom), Turkey (TurkTelecom) and China (ChinaTelecom). Azerbaijan is represented in the project by the Centre for International Relations and Calculations of the Ministry of Communications and High Technologies.
According to Abbasov, the project aims to reduce poverty and accelerate the economic growth of the participating countries, but also plays a fundamental role in regional development.
The TASIM project was established to unite 20 different countries of the world, as its realisation will contribute to elimination of the information gap between Western Europe and the countries of the Asia-Pacific region.