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Ukraine Supports Digitization Of GUAM Transport Corridor

Ukraine supports digitization of GUAM transport corridor

Source: Batumi International Container Terminal LLC
Odessa, Ukraine (PortSEurope) February 25, 2020 – Ukraine will facilitate the digitization of the GUAM transport corridor, said Minister of Infrastructure of Ukraine Vladislav Krykliy during a meeting with the Secretary General of GUAM, Altai Efendiyev, today. Organization for Democracy and Economic Development-GUAM (GUAM) is an international regional organization which includes Azerbaijan, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine. The government would like to see Ukraine develop as
a regional transport hub, and believes that cooperation with GUAM member countries can help achieve this. The Secretary General informed the Minister about the execution of the order of the Heads of Governments of the GUAM Member States to advance the GUAM Transport Corridor (TC) and to prepare a Feasibility Study on the development of the TC. Information was also provided on preparation for the meeting of the Working Group on Transport at the high level this year. “Today, Ukraine is an active participant of GUAM and is interested in the development of the transport corridor, investments and additional freight flows. A particularly pressing issue is the acceleration of the movement of goods and services in Asia-Europe across the Caspian and Black Seas. It is the speed and quality of international logistics in the East-West direction that will give GUAM member countries significant competitive advantages. Therefore, Ukraine welcomes and supports the development of a feasibility study on the development of the GUAM transport corridor, which will facilitate its digitization”, added the minister. He also highlighted the development of strategically important joint projects such as the development of container-feeder connection between the ports of Poti/Batumi – Odessa – Constanta, and the organization of unward transportation in the direction Asia – Caspian Sea – Azerbaijan – Georgia – Black Sea – Romania/Ukraine. “The development of more efficient, safer and more secure land transport routes can provide additional transport alternatives to trade flows between Europe and Asia and increase the participation of GUAM countries’ national economies in the world economy. To do this, it is necessary to improve the legal framework, create conditions for the sustainable development of multimodal transportations and a network of modern logistics centers, introduce a single information portal, electronic transit and document circulation, digitize the international transportation of goods under the terms of the Trans-Caspian International Transport Route (TITR . also known as the Middle Corridor) Convention, which provides for the organization of intermodal transportations using eTIR. This set of measures will allow Ukraine and GUAM countries to increase cargo turnover, simplify and accelerate logistics, increase safety and environmental friendliness of transport”, At the end of the meeting, both parties agreed to intensify joint efforts for preparing a consolidated appeal by the GUAM transport ministers to the European Commission in order to receive appropriate assistance in preparing a feasibility study and addressing this issue at the Eastern Partnership Ministerial Meeting. GUAM’s main goals are strengthening of democratic values, ensuring the supremacy of law and respect for human rights; ensuring sustainable development; strengthening international and regional security and stability; deepening European integration for the creation of a common security space and the enlargement of economic and humanitarian cooperation; developing of socio-economic, transport, energy, scientific, technical and humanitarian potential; stimulating of political interaction and practical cooperation in fields of mutual interest. Copyright (C) PortSEurope. All Rights Reserved. 2020. Source: Government of Ukraine

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