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Latvia positions itself as active member of Eurasian supply network at Astana Forum

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RU«Latvia sees itself as an active member of the Eurasian supply network. This is why we become involved in multilateral cooperation formats and continuously search for new cooperation partners,» – said Latvia’s Transport Minister Uldis Augulis at the Astana Economic Forum.

This week, Augulis and Transport Ministry’s state secretary Kaspars Ozolins are participating in the Astan Economic Forum, where they discuss the development of the Eurasian transport corridor and bilateral talks with Kazakh partners regarding the possibility of expanding cooperation in the field of transports, as BNN was told by Transport Ministry.

At the forum, the minister has already taken part in discussions about the One Belt, One Road initiative and its importance for transport connectivity between Europe and Asia, emphasizing that, thanks to its favourable geographical location, Latvia has made it one of its main priorities to develop relations with its close and far-away neighbours. Successful development of the Eurasian transport corridor is one of the main conditions to ensure economic growth on the entire Eurasian continent.

Latvia also highly values one of China’s results as part of the One Belt, One Road initiative – a dialogue has been established between countries of Central and Eastern Europe and China. The 16+1 format is one of the results of the dialogue. The format itself was created with a goal to enhance the development of economic interests of all participants of the format. It has now become an integral part of multilateral cooperation between Europe and China, added the ministry.

This is why Latvia is especially proud of its duty to be the coordinator in this format. «We are certain that the coordination secretariat will play a major role in the development of the 16+1 format, because the secretariat and the virtual platform created around it will provide a unique opportunity to all countries participating in the format to receive detailed information about them and their interests,» – Augulis emphasized.

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