A protocol on a common Eurasian transport network will be drafted to reduce transport costs and better promote economic development in the region, said a U.N. official on Wednesday.
"Much of the infrastructure, such as roads and ports, of the countries along the Eurasian transport corridor, still generally lags behind and cannot meet international standards," said Li Yuwei, an official of tourism and transportation with the U.N. Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific, or ESCAP.
Meanwhile, the procedures for cross-border transport are complicated and differ from country to country, said Li at a seminar on Eurasian transport.
"The countries should come up with unified standards," Li said.
The ESCAP would draft proposals on the basis of discussions at the seminar.
The seminar, held on Wednesday in Urumqi, capital of northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, was attended by government officials and scholars from China, Russia, Mongolia and central Asian countries.
China, which has supported the establishment of a convenient international transport network, has signed intergovernmental transport agreements with 10 neighboring countries.
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