Baku, Azerbaijan (PortSEurope) September 8, 2020 – A trilateral online meeting was held with the participation of representatives of the transport sector of Turkmenistan, Azerbaijan and Afghanistan to discuss the implementation of the international transport corridor Afghanistan-Turkmenistan-Azerbaijan-Georgia-Turkey (Lapis Lazuli). The main discussed were optimization of the transport and logistics process; creation of equal economic and financial conditions for all participants; and introduction of a unified pricing
policy for the transportation of goods. During the negotiations, the appointment of a single operator from each side and the establishment of the through tariff rate were considered. The responsible operator from Turkmenistan has been designated Transport and Logistics Center of Turkmenistan OJSC. The next trilateral meeting will take place at the end of this month. The Lapis Lazuli Corridor will start in Afghanistan’s northern Aqina port in Faryab province and Torghandi in western Herat province and will run through to Turkmenbashi in Turkmenistan. From there it will cross the Caspian Sea and will link the Azerbaijani capital Baku to Tbilisi and Georgia’s Black Sea ports of Batumi and Poti. It will then connect with Kars in eastern Turkey before linking to Istanbul and Europe. Finally, this major international trade and transport corridor will connect Afghanistan directly to Europe. In November 2017, the Lapis Lazuli Route agreement was finalized after three years of talks and was signed during the 7th Regional Economic Cooperation Conference on Afghanistan (RECCA VII) in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan. Copyright (C) PortSEurope. All Rights Reserved. 2020.
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