Posts tagged ‘cooperation’

5. A.Oliynyk, Ambassador of Ukraine. Main Achievements in Ukrainian-Latvian Relations During 20 years of Ukraine’s Independence.

Latvia was among the first countries to recognize the state independence of Ukraine on 4 December 1991. Since the establishment of diplomatic relations between Ukraine and Latvia on 12 February 1992 the development of bilateral relations has been ascending and reached a new level. Strengthening and expanding mutually beneficial relations with Latvia – member of EU and NATO – is one of the elements of Ukraine’s course towards European integration, deepening political and economic cooperation with the Baltic and Nordic countries.

By joining their efforts the parties managed to create a solid legal basis, which currently comprises 7 interstate, 23 intergovernmental, 3 inter-parliamentary and 45 interagency documents.

An active dialogue at the level of leaders of both states was established. Latvian President Valdis Zatlers was among the Heads of State – EU members, who attended the inauguration of the President of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych on 25 February 2010. There was an exchange of visits – the President of Latvia V.Zatlers was in Ukraine on an official visit (25-27 June 2008), the President of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych paid an official visit to Latvia (15 December 2010). Among the main results of the latest visit was an agreement to intensify trade and economic components of the Ukrainian-Latvian relations, to approve priority areas of cooperation in order to substantially increase bilateral trade and investments, to further the consistent support by Latvia of the EU integration course of my country. The signed during the visit Memorandum of Understanding between the Ministries of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine and Latvia on Cooperation in the Field of European Integration encourages these activities. Latvia also provides assistance to Ukraine in encompassing European integration experience within the framework of various projects in the field of governance, development of democratic institutions etc.

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4. A.Gerasimenko, Ambassador of the Republic of Belarus. Cooperation Between Belarus and Latvia in the Transit Area

Belarus remains one of the most important partners of Latvia in the transit area. Belarusian goods take second place in transit of cargo volumes by rail and transshipment in ports. For our country Latvia with its system of railway communication and advanced port infrastructure was, is and will be one of the most important partners in the market of international transport, including the framework of the Eurasian transport corridor.

Two trans-European transport corridors go through the territory of Belarus, their total length is 1520 km. More than one million transit cargo vehicles are passing them annually.

With a view to increase the attractiveness of the Belarusian directions in the development of the European Union’s trade with Asian countries Belarus is actively working on the establishment of a modern logistics infrastructure. It is planned that it will serve the trade flows in the direction from the EU to Russia, Kazakhstan, and China. Great opportunities of transit potential of the Republic of Belarus are opened by its membership in the Customs Union and the ongoing work on the establishment of a single economic space of Belarus, Russia and Kazakhstan.

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2. Hu Yeshun, Ambassador of the PRC. Join Hands to strengthen theVibrant Cooperation between China and Europe.

 The Publishment of the new edition of the book “Latvia- the Heart of the Baltics” is a clear indication that the Eurasian economic cooperations enjoy bright future and have drawn ever-growing attention from the business world. All the participants have been and will continue to be benefitted through the development of cooperation.

The economic cooperation and cultural exchanges between Asia and Europe have a rich history which can be dated back thousands years. Functioning as the international passageway between Asia and Europe, the Eurasia Continental Bridge enjoys many favorable conditions of crossing vast lands, large spaces, and rich natural resources. It has been playing a significant role in developing the complementary economic relations and strengthening the regional cooperation among the countries and regions along the corridor. Sometimes the Eurasia Continental Bridge is called “the New Silk Road” because it is reproducing the brilliance of the ancient Silk Road. The corridor will provide more opportunities for extending and deepening exchanges and cooperation in trade, economy, technology and culture, and further improve the economic development and prosperity of Asia and Europe.

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