INTERNATIONAL EVENTS. One Belt, One Road: Lithuanian and Chinese Transport Business Associations Make Plans for Closer Cooperation

 

Lithuania, situated in a convenient geographic location between the east and west, can become a major transport partner in the Chinese New Silk Road – One Belt, One Road initiative. This topic was discussed at the international seminar and meeting between representatives of China International Freight Forwarders Association, East-West Transport Corridor Association and leadership of the Ministry of Transport and Communications of Lithuania, which took place in Vilnius.

The guests of the Ministry of Transport and Communications – Liu Xuede, Secretary General of China International Freight Forwarders Association (CIFA), Prof Paul Tae-Woo Lee, Director of the Maritime Logistics and Free Trade Islands Research Centre of Zhejiang University, and Mao Cong, representative of the China Merchants China-Belarus Commerce & Logistics Corporation and the Great Stone industrial park, were introduced to the Lithuanian transport and communications sector, as well as the strengths of our transport and logistics sector, which would ensure favourable conditions for continuous service of the Chinese cargo flow.

‘Lithuania’s success in transport and logistics depends on the ability to respond to the new economic cooperation opportunities, investment flows, as well as the tendencies of global and regional trade. Located along the Chinese-European transport corridor, Lithuania seeks to compete on the international level and offer new initiatives, which meet the latest development trends.’ said Ričardas Degutis, Vice-Minister of Transport and Communications of the Republic of Lithuania. 

According to the Vice-Minister, Lithuanian transport sector can offer intermodal terminals in Vilnius and Kaunas, the services of Klaipėda State Seaport, as well as the capacities of air, road and railway transport.

Liu Xuede, head of the Chinese CIFA, says that the development of the New Silk Road must serve the market, while the international project must bring benefit to the countries-participants. After weighing Lithuania’s geographic location, infrastructure and long-term amicable relations between the two countries in the field of transport, the guest stated that Lithuania could become a bridge of transport and logistics, connecting the Silk Road between China and Europe. He also supports the joint effort in taking specific steps to implement that goal in practice.

The opportunities of Chinese-European cooperation in the field of transport were discussed in detail at the international seminar on ‘The development of integrated multimodal transport links in the Baltic Sea region with third countries’, which took place on 8 October at Vilnius Gediminas Technical University, featuring guests from China, Germany and Ukraine. The seminar was organised by East-West Transport Corridor Association, led by Algirdas Šakalys.

The participants of the seminar visited Vilnius Intermodal Terminal, where the terminal’s operations, capacity and cooperation with third countries, especially China, were introduced by the Lithuanian Railways. The guests have also met representatives of LINEKA Lithuanian National Association of Forwarders and Logistics, free economic zones of Kaunas and Klaipėda, as well as Klaipėda State Seaport Authority.

Information from the Ministry of Transport and Communication of the Republic of Lithuania

 

 

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