While the capital of Kazakhstan was moved from Almaty to Astana in 1997, the city is still considered to be the southern capital of the country. The city is the largest city in the country in terms of population and is the economic centre of the Republic.
The tramway system powered by electricity had been extended greatly since its introduction in 1937 reaching its maximum extension in 1990 with ten different lines in operation. From the early nineties, this mode of transport has suffered a decline and in 2010 there were just two lines in operation.
However, this tendency is about to be reversed with the recent signing of an agreement between the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development and the City of Almaty to finance a new Light Rail Transport (LRT) system.
As a result of this agreement, the City has appointed Idom to carry out the technical and legal due diligence of the LRT. This project involves, among other aspects, the revision of existing relevant studies, the preparation of the structure of the Public-private partnership scheme required to implement the project, the concept design, as well as the provision of technical assistance during the bidding phase and signing of the contract.