INTERNATIONAL EVENTS. China and the European Union as the Oceans of Kazakhstan


Last week Astana, the capital of Kazakhstan, hosted the 21st TransKazakhstan international transport and logistics exhibition, as well as the 10th New Eurasia: Development of Transport and Logistics Systems in Eurasian Transcontinental Routes international conference.

Zhenis Kassymbek, Minister for Investments and Development of Kazakhstan and the moderator of the conference, emphasized that Kazakhstan does not have a direct access to the sea and the large markets. “China and the European Union are our oceans that we work with.” said the Minister.

The participants of the conference discussed cooperation between state and business structures in developing logistics systems and transport infrastructure, investment opportunities for improving the environment, issues of implementing contemporary technology for transport, tendencies of new market segments, as well as the necessity of implementing new logistics opportunities in developing trade between Europe and Asia.

The opportunities of Lithuania as a transit state, as well as the perspectives of the port of Klaipėda were introduced by Ričardas Degutis, Vice-Minister of Transport and Communications of the Republic of Lithuania, and Arvydas Vaitkus, Director of Klaipėda State Seaport Authority.

“Currently we have almost completed the general plan for the port of Klaipėda, which features new territories for production and investments. We have a well-developed transport infrastructure and a network of logistics centres, while the port of Klaipėda has modern terminals. The business of Kazakhstan would benefit from new production terminals, as well as safe and fast cargo transit to European and Scandinavian countries. We believe that there is still some unused potential for strengthening mutual cooperation and thus welcome you to visit the port of Klaipėda and see it for yourselves: we’re modern, open for investments and new ideas.” talked A. Vaitkus.

In Astana Lithuanians also met Roman Sklyar, Vice Minister for Investment and Development, as well as Askar Mamin, Deputy Prime Minister of Kazakhstan. The latter has already visited Klaipėda during the New Silk Road – Reliable Connection Between Europe and Asia international Lithuanian-Kazakh conference, which took place a couple of years ago. During the conference Lithuania and Kazakhstan signed three memorandums of cooperation. Back then A. Mamin emphasized that Klaipėda is one of the major ports for Kazakhstan in the Baltic Region. It is an important point of export and import.

 “We are planning to organise a similar forum for Lithuanian and Kazakh businessmen in the near future.” said A. Vaitkus.

The common stand, representing Lithuania at the international transport and logistics exhibition featured the port of Klaipėda, together with the Lithuanian Railways, UAB Arijus and UAB VPA Logistics. JŪRA MOPE SEA international business magazine participated at both of the events as well.

During the exhibition and the conference the Lithuanian delegation was curated by and worked together with Vytautas Naudužas, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Lithuania, as well as the Transport Attaché Andrius Burba.


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