Kazakhstan, Latvia expand cooperation
Latvia is set to expand cooperation with New Silk Road states. Latvian are offering their Kazakh counterparts to develop a joint proposal on providing a transit route connecting China and Europe. Latvia sees Kazakhstan’s transport and transit potential as a priority area of cooperation. A Latvian Delegation headed by Transport Minister Uldis Augulis has arrived to Astana to discuss bilateral cooperation prospects.
Uldis AUGULIS, MINISTER OF TRANSPORT OF LATVIA:
We have done a good job within the framework of NATO’s cargo transportation to Afghanistan. Baltica transit container trains are still running between Latvia and Kazakhstan. Kazakhstan is a very important partner, strategically located along the Silk Road and One Belt, One road. Latvia of course would like to participate in the cargo transportation to the Baltic States, Scandinavia and European countries.
Latvian-Kazakh International Commission also discussed air routes between the two countries. Latvian national airline is preparing its proposal on launching direct flights between Riga and Kazakh cities.
JANIS VANAGS, VICE PRESIDENT OF CORPORATE COMMUNICATIONS, AIR BALTIC CORPORATION AS:
We are also considering the possibility of launching flights to Almaty and Astana. In the following years, we will look into this more. We want to make sure the most advanced aircrafts operate on these routes.
In addition to trade and economic relations between the two countries, the commission will also discuss a number of practical issues, such as the possibility of cooperation in the field of environment and agriculture, interbank transfers, education and tourism. As a result of negotiations a number of bilateral agreements will be signed taking both parties to the next level of cooperation.