Together we will develop the Europe-Caucasus-Asia transport corridor as an alternative route to bypass Russia, Vladislav Krikliy – December 6, 2019
It is important to continue cooperation to develop the Europe-Caucasus-Asia transport corridor as an alternative route to bypass Russia. This was stated by the Minister of Infrastructure of Ukraine, Vladislav Krykliy, during a speech at the International Conference on the 20th anniversary of the signing of the Main Multilateral Agreement on International Transport for the Development of the Europe-Caucasus-Asia Corridor, which is ongoing in Baku, today, December 6, 2019.
The Minister of Infrastructure of Ukraine noted that Azerbaijan is the heart of TRACECA and expressed his hope for multilateral cooperation that meets the expectations of TRACECA member countries.
TRACECA is an internationally recognized programme aimed at strengthening of economic relations, trade and transport communication in the regions of the Black Sea basin, South Caucasus and Central Asia owing to active work based on political will and common aspirations of all member-states.
In September 1998 at the historic Summit in Baku 12 TRACECA countries signed the “Basic Multilateral Agreement on International Transport for Development of the Europe-the Caucasus-Asia Corridor” (MLA) with the aim of implementing in full of their geopolitical and economic potentials. In 2009, the Islamic Republic of Iran joined to TRACECA.
Today the TRACECA route comprises the transport system of the 13 member-states of the “Basic Multilateral Agreement on International Transport for Development of the Europe-the Caucasus-Asia Corridor” (MLA TRACECA): Azerbaijan, Armenia, Georgia, Iran, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Romania, Tajikistan, Turkey, Ukraine and Uzbekistan.
According to the Minister, Ukraine is ready to propose a number of projects whose implementation will help to realize the transport potential of TRACECA member countries: “There are potential routes from China and India through Central and South Asia, through TRACECA countries to Eastern Europe and the Baltic countries. For the development of transportation it is necessary to make mutually beneficial logistical solutions for cargo transportation in the direction of Europe-Caucasus-Asia and back. Conditions for the organization of transportation should be improved to take advantage of the Viking and Zubr trains, including the continuation of these trains to the Caspian Sea. As part of the development of these routes, we inform that the Ukrainian side already has the opportunity to carry out transportation from the port of Chernomorsk to the station. Izov (Poland) not only on the SMGS rail waybill, but also with the use of the European Rail waybill CIM.
The Minister of Infrastructure of Ukraine emphasized that it is expedient to pay attention to the possibilities of Hungarian transport infrastructure and combined transportation: “We have already conducted several rounds of negotiations on optimization of the conditions of combined transportation, including the prospects of so-called piggyback transportation. The organization of efficient logistics in this direction will allow to work out possible routes of cargo transportation to Austria and further to the northern regions and ports of Italy. Attention is drawn to the development of competitive conditions for cargo transportation from Iran. Representatives of the transport structures of Afghanistan and India are also ready to join this negotiation process, in particular the experts of the parties are ready to discuss the route using the ferry connection Bender Abbas (Iran) to Mumbai (India).
Vladislav Krykliy stated that TRACECA member countries can arrange such a service so that the key commodity producers prefer this transport corridor: “I thank all the participating countries for their joint work. It is important for us to continue our cooperation to develop the Europe-Caucasus-Asia transport corridor as an alternative route to bypass Russia. For this purpose it is necessary to set the tariff for transportation of both land sections of the route and sea agreed by all participants. Important is the timing of the delivery of the goods to their destination, which is why the transport departments of our countries need to pay special attention to the proper quality of the infrastructure. To work together with the shippers of our countries, as well as with strategic trading partners, on how to attract freight through our corridor.”
The Minister of Infrastructure of Ukraine outlined priorities such as the development of multimodal transport and the creation of digital transport corridors: “The use of multimodal transport allows to build efficient logistics, guarantee delivery and shorten its time, to make consumer transportation costs predictable. Creating a digital transport corridor involves the use of modern software and hardware systems that provide continuous monitoring of freight flows, the mechanism of electronic interaction of customers with transport and logistics companies and state control bodies, organization of data exchange in the volumes necessary for the execution of business processes by system participants. The idea of creating digital transport corridors is intended to provide a mechanism for facilitating the organization of multimodal freight transport.
The Minister reaffirmed Ukraine’s readiness to develop cooperation within the framework of the TRACECA program and to make every effort to implement the Baku Declaration, the goals of which fully correspond to the priorities of the transport system of Ukraine.
Source: Government of Ukraine