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BATL: Latvia should use all advantages offered by 16+1 format

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUPresident of Baltic Association – Transport and Logistics Inga Antane is happy that all proposals previously voiced by BATL for cooperation in 16+1 format have been taken into account and that Prime Minister Laimdota Straujuma, with help from Transport Ministry and Latvian Investments and Development Agency, has secured an international agreement so that Latvia can become a coordinator between Baltic States and China.

Latvia will organize the next 16+1 member states forum in Riga and establish a coordination centre in the country.

«I am truly happy that Latvia’s delegation in China has managed to secure an agreement regarding Latvia’s leading role in the realization of 16+1 initiative. I believe Latvia should use all advantages presented by 16+1 format to their fullest extent. With that, the Prime Minister and all institutions working in this field should do their best to begin development of a coordination concept for China and prepare the upcoming 16+1 forum in Riga next year. It is absolutely vital to find a competent and professional transport minister. One that would be able to represent the industry’s interests and resolve internal problems – like the railway tariff problem – and help establish positive long-term cooperation with China and Eastern Asia. China has offered us the pinky finger. We, Latvia, have to be sufficiently smart and comprehensive to use all opportunities offered by this initiative!» – said Antane.

The 16+1 cooperation format provides for the development of international cooperation in fields like transport and logistics. 11 EU countries, including Latvia, 5 Balkan countries and China form the 16+1 format.

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