Within the framework of the Belt and Road Initiative, China will assist Georgia in the development of the so called Middle Corridor or the Transcaucasian International Transport Corridor - it was announced at the meeting of the of the Minister of Transport of the People’s Republic of China, Li Xiaopeng and the First Vice Prime Minister of Georgia, Minister of Economy and Sustainable Development Dimitry Kumsishvili.
As it was noted at the meeting, Georgia is actively cooperating with partner countries on the development of the Transcaucasian International Transport Corridor or the so-called Middle Corridor, This is the international route, which provides delivery of the freight from China via land transport since 2015. The through tariff across the route is established as well.
“We asked the central as well as local Government of China to facilitate in promotion of the Transcaucasian International Transport Corridor or the so-called Middle Corridor, which means that we will be able to popularize our capabilities in certain provinces of China,” – Dimitry Kumsishvili stated.
Georgian side confirmed at the meeting the great importance it pays to the political support of the China in terms of the Middle Corridor development in order to make its role and importance within the BRI. Chinese Transport Minister confirmed the readiness to support Georgia in this regard.
“Besides, China will consider financial assistance to Georgia to attract rail containers,” – Chinese Transport Minister, Li Xiaopeng noted at the meeting. Li Xiaopeng confirmed that China is ready to contribute to the so-called Middle Corridor within the frames of the Road and Belt Initiative in order to make it even more occupied.
The statement followed Georgia’s initiative to organize show rooms in order to promote the Middle Corridor. In this regard, it is important to have the financial and organizational support from the local government of the Chinese provinces.
It was confirmed at the meeting that China will provide support for transportation and logistical infrastructure development in Georgia as well as the increase of the freight turnover. The sides discussed bilateral and regional relations and focused on the cooperation within the BRI implementation framework.
Negotiations on the development of the cooperation in the field of motor transport being held between the countries was also covered during the conversation. According to the Chinese Minister, the Chinese delegation will hold meetings in Georgia with the representatives of the Georgian side in June and prepare the proposals for the agreement.
First Vice Prime Minister of Georgia Dimitry Kumsishvili expressed gratefulness to the Chinese Transport Minister for his warm hosting and mutually beneficial decisions. Kumsishvili invited his Chinese counterpart to the International Maritime Forum to be held in Batumi, in September, 2018.
Deputy Ministers of Economy and Sustainable Development, Genadi Arveladze and Giorgi Cherkezishvili, as well as the CEO of the LEPL Georgian Railway, David Peradze and the the Georgia’s Ambassador to the People’s Republic of China, Davit Aptsiauri also attended the meeting.
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