Officials and industry experts discussed at the conference global trends in infrastructure development to create new and strengthen existing Eurasian routes, patterns of international cooperation in the transit business, and effective synergy in rail and marine transport in the provision of global cargo transportation.
Kazakhstan is considered the "gateway to Asia" while Asia is a region whose value is in the LDz transportation in the future will only grow. It is very important to identify the main directions of future development, together with Asian partners to create a unified, shared vision of the future, which will be reflected in the growth of transport using the transit potential of Latvia, said at the opening of the conference the President of the Latvian Railways (LDz) of the European Commission.
The President of Latvia Raymond Vejonis, in turn, pointed out that transportation is traditionally considered one of the cornerstones of the Latvian economy, ensuring the circulation of the national economy, whereas in the transit sector, Latvia remains a constant leader among the Baltic States, so Latvian ports provide the greatest volume of transshipment cargo.
"Latvia is aware of its significant contribution to the creation of the message on the Eurasian continent, and we are ready to work to the idea of cooperation translates into real achievements. As a result of prolonged and significant work we are able to develop an efficient and modern transport infrastructure, besides Latvia has historically had a close and successful cooperation with Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan", — said during the opening the conference, Latvian Minister of transport Uldis augulis.
The event was also attended by first Deputy Prime Minister of Kazakhstan Askar Mamin, informed long led the Kazakh railway and due to this familiar with the development of the industry. In his address he stressed that Latvia and Kazakhstan have extensive experience of cooperation and new opportunities for development, given that both countries develop transport and logistics infrastructure, including new international projects.
The conference presents a number of Kazakhstan projects with a high development potential, including the port of Horgos, as well as other cooperation projects and joint ventures for the development of new logistics services. Representatives of the Kazakh Railways also stressed that the cooperation potential between Latvia and Kazakhstan is increasingly shifting away from traditional "mass" of cargo transportation of container cargoes with high added value.
Week of transit and logistics will continue on Wednesday, July 12, with the discussion "the Development of container transport on the territory of Eurasia", which will be attended by the representatives of "Latvian railway Loģistika", "LDz Apsardze", "Riga Container Terminal", "Riga Universal Terminal", "KTZE-Khorgos Gateway", "KTŽ Express", "Market", Association of logistics companies "Kazlogistics" and other organizations.
And in order to emphasize the leading motif of the exhibition Astana EXPO 2017 "future Energy", on Thursday, July 13, the series of events will conclude with a discussion of "Development of "green economy" in the transport sector". In connection with the increasing role of long-term and sustainable services relevant is the question about whether to them the transport industry and what initiatives it can take. Experts will consider how the gains from green innovation in the context of the environment and their economic value.