Ukraine is interested in the possibility of the attraction of the Ukrainian companies to the implementation of the infrastructure projects within New Silk Road. The press service of the Ukrainian government reported this after the meeting of Volodymyr Groysman, the Ukrainian Prime Minister and Giorgi Kvirikashvili, the Prime Minister of Georgia.
‘The mutually beneficial development of the potential of Ukraine and Georgia and the joint implementation of the projects in different spheres, including the transport and transit spheres will strengthen the cooperation of both countries and allow us to increase the mutual turnover and to offer news trade routes for the world’, the message said.
It is noted that the developing of the transit potential of two states is the most promising. ‘New Silk Road is impossible without Ukraine. You have the entry to the EU and we to China with which we gave the regime of free trade’, Kvirikashvili said.
Groysman reminded that the Heads of Ukrzaliznytsia (Ukrainian Railways), Georgian Railway and Azerbaijan Railways signed a Memorandum on the cooperation and joint usage of the ferries of Ukrainian Railways in Odesa. It provides the creation of the joint enterprise on the operating of the ferries of Ukrzaliznytsia and development of the EU-Ukraine-Black Sea-Georgia- Azerbaijan-Caspian Sea-Asian Region Countries route.
‘We have the preliminary agreements on the creation of the joint transport structures and charge policy. We need to fasten this process. I am sure that our negotiations will bring an added momentum to this process’, Groysman added.
Ukranian Prime Minister offered to Georgia to work out the possibility of the attraction of the Ukrainian companies to implement the infrastructure projects within New Silk Road.
Moreover, Groysman emphasized that Georgia is in TOP-20 perspective markers for the Ukrainian export and it is seen in the indexed of the mutual trade.
‘The turnover among the states was almost 500 million dollars last year and it surpassed 345 million dollars only for seven months of 2017’.
Ukraine launched the experimental train on Silk Road bypassing Russia. It started its way from Chornomorsk Port on the route Ukraine-Georgia-Azerbaijan-Kazakhstan-China. The train consists of 20 freight cars and it will allow delivering the freight in 11-12 days.