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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RULatvia has the most experience among Baltic States in the development of container trains. Favourable geographical location and developed transport infrastructure – these are the main advantages that attract the interest of partners, BNN was told by Transport Ministry.

«We have ports that remain active in winter, a wide railway and road network and top-notch maritime connections used by many respectable container companies that work in Latvia and provide connections with Scandinavia, Germany and other countries of the region. We continuously work to provide integrated and comprehensive transit services,» – said Latvian Transport Ministry’s state secretary Kaspars Ozolins in his speech at the 7th International Infrastructure Investments and Construction Forum in Macau, China.

He also emphasized that active work continues in order to attract partners in new business niches, especially in container cargo segment.

Latvia also closely follows the development of the New Silk Way. «We see our role in the development of this transport corridor very clearly. Considering the favourable geographical location of the country and its developed transport infrastructure, including the fact that Latvia is engaged in the development of Rail Baltica project to further develop connection with the rest of Europe, we are capable of securing the most effective solutions for cargo transports from China to Northern Europe and Scandinavia,» – said Ozolins.

Relations between Latvia’s and China’s transport sectors have become much closer over the years – Latvia invests a lot of effort to be actively involved in the Trans European transport network’s development and establish its transport policy in accordance with China’s One Belt, One Road initiative.

One great example of successful cooperation between China and Latvia is this year’s conference organized in Riga this year as part of 16+1 format, which had gathered around 200 representatives from the private and government sectors of participating countries. Riga’s Declaration was adopted during the meeting. This document will help the development of an integrated transport corridor between China and Europe.

Last week, Ozolins had departed for China to discuss transport projects important to Latvia there, as well as demonstrate the interest to further enhance established cooperation, especially as part of 16+1 format.

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