MINSK, 23 October (BelTA) – Belarus, Ukraine, and Georgia intend to enable conditions for the development of a transport corridor between the countries and intend to implement infrastructure projects, the press service of the Belarusian Transport and Communications Ministry told BelTA.
Belarusian Deputy Transport and Communications Minister Andrei Ivanov met with Ukrainian Infrastructure Minister Vladislav Krikly and Georgian Deputy Economy and Sustainable Development Minister Akaky Sagirashvili on the sidelines of the 3rd Tbilisi Silk Road Forum. The sides discussed freight transportation by rail and by water, possibilities for creating competitive conditions for transportation, and the development of the logistics system.
Andrei Ivanov noted that the route Belarus-Ukraine-Georgia plays an important role in delivering Belarusian freight by rail. The promising nature of the transport corridor has been confirmed by the fact that the ratio of cost to time is close to optimal. In his words, freight transportation via Ukraine as the shortest route is important for developing Belarus-Georgia trade. If the cost of transportation by sea between Ukraine and Georgia is reduced, the route will have a great potential.
The sides also mentioned that work continues on creating competitive conditions for transportation using the existing railway system. The combination-transport train project Viking was mentioned as well as the port infrastructure in the Black Sea area. “Cargoes in containers can be delivered by the Viking train to the port of Chernomorsk and then by sea to Georgian ports. Unfortunately, no containers are shipped by trains via Odessa Oblast ports and then to Georgia for now due to the high cost of transportation by sea,” the Belarusian deputy transport and communications minister explained.
Vladislav Krikly mentioned more vigorous use of transportation by river between Belarus and Ukraine. He confirmed this kind of freight transportation may be included into the logistic route Belarus-Ukraine-Georgia. In particular, the sides discussed the possibility of using the E40 river corridor for this purpose. It was stressed that this initiative matches the need to find new logistic solutions for transportation between the three countries.
The Ukrainian infrastructure minister went on saying that the transport potential can be successfully realized if the integrated transport network works effectively and infrastructure projects are jointly developed. The number includes the establishment of a trilateral working group to discuss rates, volumes and types of cargoes, optimization of freight transportation time, and so on.
As a result of the meeting the sides signed a protocol, which stipulates further steps to advance cooperation.More about Economy