Georgian Economy Minister Levan Davitashvili on Saturday said a new multimodal terminal in the Black Sea port city of Poti would contribute to strengthening the Middle Corridor, also known as the Trans-Caspian International Transport Route, while placing a capsule in the foundation of the terminal with Marat Karabayev, the Minister of Industry and Infrastructure Development of Kazakhstan.
Davitashvili noted that increasing freight turnover in the Middle Corridor “has made it more urgent” to improve transport infrastructure and increase capacity, close coordination between entities participating in the corridor, and increase the efficiency of multimodal shipments and operations, the Economy Ministry said.
I believe that through joint efforts, the potential and competitiveness of the Middle Corridor will increase even more to attract additional cargo flows", Davitashvili added.
Before the ceremony of the Kazakh-Georgian project, the ministers visited the oil terminal and the sea port of Batumi, Anaklia port, as well as the APM and PACE terminals of Poti. They also inspected the Baku-Tbilisi-Kars railroad in Georgia’s southern town of Akhalkalaki.
Within the framework of the visit of the Kazakh delegation, Davitashvili and Karabayev discussed “important issues” of the relations and trade and economic cooperation between the two countries in a bilateral meeting. The conversation also touched on the active participation of the Kazakh side in the Silk Road Forum to be held in Tbilisi in October.
Before the meeting, the Kazakh official, on behalf of his country, extended his condolences to the Georgian Minister over the tragedy in the western municipality of Oni, where a landslide killed at least 24 last week.