Posts tagged ‘East’

29. Agency Tria Robit, Take the New Silk Road.

Today the road runs through Latvia, a land by the Baltic Sea. Here the interests of Great Powers have intersected over the centuries. But now, disproving Kipling’s claim, East and West do meet here, yet still keeping their old selves. Multilingual and multireligious yet moderate, tranquil yet tuned in, resilient yet resistant, warm though at times quite cool. Like silk. Latvia offers a cordial environment for East and West to meet. Like its predecessor, the New Silk Road promotes cultural and technological exchange between East and West. But this New Silk Road, like that of old, is not free of dangers. Danger still exists – though metaphorically – of a fatal fall in a mountain chasm, or of hitting a rock or meeting pirates at sea.

 

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11. V. I. Yakunin, President of JSC Russian Railways. Russian Railways.

Russia and Latvia are two links in a uniform transportation system that spans the entire Eurasia.

Cargo traffic between Central Asia and Ukraine, Belarus and EU states generate the bulk of transportation flows running through our countries. These transportation flows primarily reflect sustainable economic relations in the area which railway people call the “1520 Stretch”. Our countries share a uniform standard of 1520 mm wheel track, which is different from the European 1435 mm gauge railway lines. 

Transportation volumes are expected to grow led by continuous business recovery in respective countries and growth of export capacity.

Within the Eurasian transportation system the Baltic Region’s geographical location offers certain advantages arising from a well-developed transportation infrastructure. Besides, the Region boasts a wealth of history, especially regarding trade routes dating back to the Hanse Union times. 

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9. I.Kabashkin, professor TTI, Latvia as Logistics and Transit Centre.

Transportation sector is becoming one of the most dynamic and fast growing sectors in Latvian economy. And even more, this sector is taking the leading positions in the country’s economic development. Due to the country’s favorable geographic situation, Latvia has already become an important trade partner between West and East South and North.

Latvian transport policy is in full compliance with the European Union’s requirements and the country’s transportation network has become an integral part of the EU Trans-European Transport Network (TEN-T). Latvia is actively utilizing available EU funds for the improvement of the country’s transport infrastructures.

Today the advantage of geographic position of Latvia has increased dramatically. The border of Latvia is the border of two large unions – European Union and Customs Union of Belarus, Kazakhstan, Russia. This fact open new transport and trade opportunities for domestic and international companies first of all through the three large ports in Latvia (Ventspils, Riga, Liepaja) that are all part of TEN-T and seven small ports (Salacgriva, Skulte, Lielupe, Engure, Mersrags, Roja, Pavilosta). The inestimable advantage of major ports is their favourable geographical position, ice-free conditions and excellent  railway connections with Eurasian Economic Community’s  hinterland.

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