CANARAIL Signs a $8M Deal in Afghanistan
10 November 2013

CANARAIL Signs a $8M Deal in Afghanistan

Appleton and CANARAIL (now SYSTRA Canada) sign a contract with the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan to carry out a 600-km railway feasibility study in Northern Afghanistan.

CANARAIL’s President and CEO, Mr. Miguel Valero, is proud to announce, along with its Kabul-based partner Appleton Consulting Inc. ("Appleton"), the signing of a contract with the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan to carry out a 600-km railway feasibility study in Northern Afghanistan. Funding for this project comes from the Asian Development Bank (ADB).

Building on the conclusions and recommendations of ADB’s Railway Development Study and with the objective to extend the now operational Hairatan to Mazar-e-Sharif Railway, the Government contemplates the construction of a railway heading west from Mazar-e-Sharif through Sheberghan and Andkhoy to Acqina to link with Turkmenistan, and of another railway heading northeast from Mazar-e-Sharif to the border with Tajikistan.

If proved feasible, the extension of the existing railway, in both east and west directions, will foster cross-border and regional trade, increase rail usage, ensure the viability of the initial railway investment, and introduce competition in rail operations.

“Afghanistan has a vast potential for developing the mineral extraction sector, which may be an engine of self-sustaining economic growth in the near future. The decision to award this study to CANARAIL is another demonstration that we stand as a strong and reliable source of expertise for railway matters all over the world. We are very proud to become Afghanistan’s and Asian Development Bank’s partner in identifying long-term solutions for rail transportation in Afghanistan, and in the region, and to act as a platform for economic growth”, said Mr. Valero who is just coming back from Kabul where he finalized the contract negotiations.

CANARAIL possesses a unique expertise in rail transport, with a strong focus on heavy haul and mining sectors. Its experts have participated in major projects on an international scale over the last 20 years, contributing to the completion of some of the most important railway projects worldwide.

Despite its vast international experience and track record in the provision of rail services, this is CANARAIL’s first significant gain in Afghanistan and in the region. This success was made possible by its partnership with Appleton Consulting Inc., a Canadian firm specialized in program management for Afghanistan-based projects.

About Appleton

Appleton Consulting Inc. is an international business consulting firm that focuses on enabling unique business solutions for emerging and developing market sectors. Getting its start in Afghanistan in 2007, Appleton has participated in US$400M worth of projects with its clients and partners. Appleton has a wide range of services for its local and international clients, including project management, design services, strategic partnership development, proposal writing, supply chain management, training, and environmental consulting services.

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