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Trans-Asian Railway Network TRANS-ASIAN RAILWAY NETWORK Source: UNESCAP (2009b). 2) aims to span 141,000 km of railways across 28 countries,3 linking to the pan-European rail network at various locations, offering connections to major ports in Asia and Europe, and thus providing landlocked countries with improved access to seaports either directly or in conjunction with highways (UNESCAP 2009b). 3 The 28 countries participating in TAR are Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Belarus, Cambodia, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Georgia, India, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, PRC, Poland, Republic of Korea, Russian Federation, Tajikistan, Thailand, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Uzbekistan, and Viet Nam.

2). Worldwide, the volume of goods transported by rail increased between 1996 and 2005, with Asia recording an increase of around 50%. The PRC’s railway network, which accounts for 6% of the global total, struggles to move a quarter of the world’s rail freight. 2. 0 East Asia Central and West Asia South Asia Other Developing Countries OECD World Railway Length per 1 Million People 700 Kilometers 600 500 400 300 200 100 0 East Asia Central and West Asia South Asia Other Developing Countries OECD World km2 = square kilometer; OECD = Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development.

Pan-Asian Initiatives Foremost among the existing pan-Asian infrastructure initiatives is the Asian Land Transport Infrastructure Development (ALTID), established in 1992 by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP). ALTID is comprised of three pillars: the Asian Highway (AH), the Trans-Asian Railway (TAR), and the facilitation of land transport projects through intermodal transport terminals (dry and inland ports). 1. R. AH11 2 Tak Youyiguan 1 AH AH14 Hanoi 13 Qudomxai 3 Thailand Thaton AH Houayxay Chang Khong Muang Ngeon Huai Kon Chiang Rai AH Mohan Boten AH Huu Nghi 14 Tong Tachilek Mae Sai AH AH3 Jinghong Uttaradit Payagyi Lao Cai Daluo Mongla AH2 Kyaing AH1 AH Meiktila Nanning Hekou 14 Mandalay Sihanoukville AH1 Bavet Moc Bai Bien Hoa Ho Chi Minh Vung Tau Source: UNESCAP (2009a).

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