Latvian and Uzbekistan transport cooperation

Matiss notes great potential for Latvian-Uzbek transport cooperation

The cooperation between Latvia and Uzbekistan in the field of transport has been developing successfully, but it has not yet achieved full potential, Transport Minister Anrijs Matiss said during a meeting with Uzbek Minister of Foreign Economic Relations, Investment and Trade Elyor Ganiyev, informs LETA/

Ganiyev said in turn that Uzbekistan had been using Latvian transport infrastructure – pots, railroad and highways – for more than twenty years now, and saw great potential for further development of the cooperation. Uzbekistan is currently analyzing transport and logistical solutions for expanding its export of agricultural produce to the European Union. Latvia is Uzbekistan's third largest trade partner in the EU.

Matiss urged Uzbekistan to use Latvian ports for transshipping, storage and distribution of various goods in Northern Europe. He also called on Uzbek businessmen to invest in Latvia's free ports and special economic zones, where they could set up production facilities as well as product processing, handling and distribution centers.

The officials agreed that the transport corridor for the transport of non-military freights to Afghanistan should become a commercial project in the future, which would be in both countries' interest.

Matiss and Ganiyev also remarked the successful cooperation in aviation and the Tashkent-Riga-New York flights of Uzbekistan Airways.

Matiss and Ganiyev are the co-chairmen of the Latvian-Uzbek intergovernmental commission.

As reported, Uzbek President Islam Karimov will arrive on a official visit to Latvia on October 17.


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