Augulis: Latvia can of­fer ac­cess to sea for dis­tri­bu­tion of goods

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Lat­vian Trans­port Min­is­ter Uldis Augulis and Chi­nese Trans­port Min­is­ter Li Xiaopeng dis­cussed the co­op­er­a­tion de­vel­oped be­tween Latvia and China in the past twelve months. The two of­fi­cials agreed to con­tinue work­ing on im­prove­ments for cargo trans­ports via rail­way. On Tues­day, 16 May, Augulis and Xiaopeng met in Bei­jing to dis­cuss in­ter­na­tional ini­tia­tive One Belt, One Road, which in­cludes trans­port con­nec­tions on the Eurasian con­ti­nent.

«Co­op­er­a­tion con­tin­ues in cargo trans­ports via rail­way. We plan to send the sec­ond train to China this week. In ex­change, we ex­pect China to send a fully-loaded train to Latvia,» Augulis said.

He con­tin­ues: «We still have to work on mak­ing this route more ef­fi­cient and reg­u­lar. But I am con­fi­dent that to­gether we can make it a tran­sit con­nec­tion of re­gional im­por­tance.»

The min­is­ter also men­tioned dur­ing his visit to Bei­jing that Latvia is in­ter­ested in be­com­ing in­volved in the Great Stone China-Be­larus In­dus­trial Park’s tran­sit route, en­sur­ing ac­cess to the sea for fur­ther dis­tri­bu­tion of goods. We co­op­er­ate with Ger­many’s Duis­burg port on a govern­ment level to make the Chongqing-Duis­burg con­tainer trans­port route more ef­fi­cient and di­vert part of Scan­di­navia-bound car­goes through Latvia. «Chi­nese busi­ness­men are in­vited to use op­por­tu­ni­ties and de­velop lo­gis­tics cen­tres and in­dus­trial parks at Latvia’s ports and spe­cial eco­nomic zone. This will not only se­cure them with ben­e­fits but also simplify and make ac­cess to EU, Rus­sian, Be­laru­sian and Kaza­khstan mar­kets more trans­par­ent,» Augulis said.

He also in­vited his Chi­nese col­league to visit Latvia.

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