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Latvia invites Kazakhstan to become a strategic partner in Eurasian transports

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RULatvia has proposed Kazakhstan to jointly develop a complex solution to establish cooperation between China and Europe in the field of logistics and cargo transport and become strategic partners in Eurasian transports.

This is done, considering Kazakhstan’s major role in the development of the New Silk Road and Latvia’s contribution to Eurasian logistics network, said Latvian Transport Minister Uldis Augulis during his visit to Astana.

Latvia is interested in the development of deeper political and economic relations with Kazakhstan, especially considering that the country is Latvia’s largest trade partner in the Central Asia region. In addition, since 2010 the volume of investments from Kazakhstan into Latvian companies has quadrupled, Augulis added during a conversation with Co-Chairman of Latvia-Kazakhstan intergovernmental commission, Deputy Ambassador of Kazakhstan to Latvia Roman Vasilenko.

Both sides agreed that more active cooperation between Latvia and Kazakhstan is possible in areas like transport, education and science, environmental protection and tourism. In order to enhance cooperation in the field, Augulis and Vasilenko agreed that the 6th meeting of Latvia-Kazakhstan inter-governmental commission will be organized in October.

During his visit to Astana, the minister also met with Kazakhstan Investment and Development Minister Asset Issekeshev and first Deputy Minister of Transport and Communications Zhenis Kasimbek. During the meeting, officials discussed Latvia’s cooperation offer in Eurasian transports, airBaltic’s plans to begin flights to Kazakhstan starting from 2017 and matters related to the organization of the next meeting of the intergovernmental committee, as confirmed by Transport Ministry.

Augulis also thanked Rapil Zoshibaev, commissar of Expo Astana 2017, for the quality of organization of the exposition and choosing Future Energy as its main topic. Expo Astana 2017 will be taking place throughout 10 June – 10 September in 2017. Latvia plans to attend it.

As part of the visit, the minister also met with Askar Mamin, the president of ‘Kazakhstan Temir Zholy’ railway company. Kazakhstan’s railway is a strategically important transit partner for Latvia. A special transit corridor with South-East Asian countries has been created specifically for the cooperation with this company. Both sides noted that up until now cooperation has been successful: Baltic Tranzit cargo train has been coursing between the two countries since 2003. Still, there is room to make cooperation closer.

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