Georgia works with Azerbaijan and other bordering countries to strengthen its transit role: minister
Georgia, Tbilisi, July 17 / Trend N. Kirtskhalia /
An interactive meeting has been launched in Tbilisi on July 17. Vehicle transportation to Afghanistan via the Caucasian region was discussed during the meeting. Georgian Minister of Economic Development Lasha Zhvania participated in the meeting.
According to him, the delivery of humanitarian freight to Afghanistan is a priority for the U.S administration. "Georgia allows a certain quantity of freight, the percent index of which is insignificant, although Georgia has great potential to increase its freight stream. It will give Georgia additional profits although there is a lot to be done in regard to this. The most important thing is mobility, i.e. road capacity. Our government is carrying out projects to the amount of $1.2 billion. The second most important thing is to simplify procedures at check-points because Georgia already operates with Azerbaijan and other bordering countries," the minister said.
Georgia is a transit country for both railroad and vehicle transportation. Therefore active work with partners is necessary to increase Georgia's transit role, Zhvania said.
According to the minister, the volume of freight transportation is large but the most part is conducted to Afghanistan via Russia.
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