Food Contract Corporation: Georgian ports convenient for Kazakh grain supply only for short distances
Baku, Azerbaijan, Aug.7 / Trend, S. Suleymanov /
Kazakhstan is studying the proposed options for the purchase of a port on the Black Sea coast, Food Contract Corporation managing director on commercial issues Daulet Uvashev said.
"Kazakhstan is still studying the proposed options for the purchase of a port on the Black Sea," Uvashev said.
He said Georgia and Ukraine offer several options. "Ukraine offers ports and land for the construction of a new port under the conditions of JV," Uvashev said. However, he said, the final decision is still pending.
"We are interested in Georgia to diversify the supply directions. But it ports are not so much deep-water, and large vessels such as Panamax can not be called at these ports," Uvashev said and added: "Georgian ports are convenient for the supply of the Kazakh grain just a short distance to nearby countries: Turkey, Bulgaria. But Egypt, for which the Georgian side proposed to use its ports as a transit, buys grain only in bulk, transported by Panamax".
Late 2009, the Agriculture Minister Akylbek Kuryshbayev raised the question to purchase or construct a grain terminal on the Black Sea coast by Kazakhstan.