M. Skuodis: International Rail Freight Corridors, Direct Flights to Tbilisi at the Centre of Lithuanian-Georgian Transport Agenda

Today, Minister of Transport and Communications Marius Skuodis met with First Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Economy and Sustainable Development of Georgia Levan Davitashvili and expressed the ambition to strengthen bilateral cooperation in the fields of logistics, railways and air transport. They also discussed the possibilities of jointly developing the Trans-Caspian International Transport Corridor for the safe and efficient transport of freight in Europe.

“Lithuania can offer a wide range of transport and logistics services and open up more opportunities for Georgia in freight transport to and from Western Europe and Scandinavia. We see a lot of potential in strengthening bilateral cooperation and we want to open up new routes for international rail freight transport, including through the Port of Klaipėda. New transport corridors and freight transportation alternatives are more important than ever in today’s geopolitical context,” said Minister of Transport and Communications Marius Skuodis.

In Lithuania, the connection of the two railway systems — the 1,435 mm European standard and the 1,520 mm wide gauge — is in progress; there are regular freight trains to Duisburg in Germany. The North-South Corridor of the Trans-European Transport Network (TEN-T), linking the Baltic and the Black Seas, provides a natural link to the Trans-Caspian International Transport Corridor, in which Georgia plays an important role.

Minister Skuodis also invited Georgia to participate in the development of direct air links between Vilnius and Tbilisi in order to enhance economic ties and improve connectivity between the two countries. Currently, there are regular flights from the capital of Lithuania to Kutaisi.

It was also noted that due to the well-developed transport infrastructure, Lithuania through the Port of Klaipėda could become an efficient cargo transit hub for Georgian business with Scandinavia.

Minister of Transport and Communications Marius Skuodis and the Lithuanian delegation are planning to pay a visit to Georgia in June this year.

Pranešimą paskelbė: Žydrūnė Tursaitė, LR Susisiekimo ministerija

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