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BATL: to avoid crisis in transit sector, government and Transport Ministry must act

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RULatvian Prime Minister Māris Kučinskis’ led Latvian Ports, Transit and Logistics Council also supports Saeima’s National Economy Committee’s decision on the need for Transport Ministry to develop a long-term vision for the development of the country’s transit industry.

Baltic Association – Transport and Logistics President Inga Antāne is satisfied with this decision. She says it means ‘the ice has started moving’ and that the first steps towards ensuring development for the industry have been made. This opens way for new discussions, especially considering the delicate state of the industry and continuing decline of transit cargoes.

On Wednesday, 18 October, Latvian Ports, Transit and Logistics Council decided not to view the matter regarding transit industry’s competitiveness. Instead it was decided to postpone it until Transport Ministry has prepared a strategic vision for the industry’s future development.

Antāne comments: «We are satisfied with the fact that we have been heard. The road towards this moment was not easy. The feeling is not unlike traversing Altenberg bobsleigh track, which is considered the most complex track in the world. Support from the committee and Latvian Ports, Transit and Logistics Council for this decision means the era of the ‘transit industry is fine’ statement is over. We expect Transport Ministry to perform work professionally and prepare a vision for the industry’s future development to ensure stability. This is the first and important step towards sorting out the industry.»

BATL emphasizes that the act put up by the ministry and Latvijas Dzelzceļš that everything is fine in the industry has already become a dangerous manoeuvrer for the country’s national economy. Statistical indexes for the past three years show that cargo volumes handled by Latvian ports have declined considerably. On top of that, there are no signs to expect the situation to improve in the near future.

«To avert a crisis in the transit industry, Transport Ministry and government must act now and make decisions to improve the industry’s competitiveness. Otherwise the crisis will leave a serious impact on the national economy, state budget and residents’ welfare,» says Antāne.

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