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Lithuania can be logistic and transport bridge to Asia: Transport Minister

  • 2015-04-30
  • from wire reports and TBT staff, RIGA

On 29 April, at the 3rd ASEM (Asia-Europe Meeting) Transport Ministers' meeting held in Riga, Lithuania's Minister of Transport and Communications Rimantas Sinkevicius presented Lithuania's position on the development of multimodal infrastructure links between Europe and Asia, the ministry reports.

"The development of a trans-European transport network is significant to Lithuania. Our ambition is to develop a Euro-Asian transport network of efficient corridors: integrate rail freight services with road, maritime, inland waterways and air services, as well as, perform simpler and shorter border control procedures," said the minister.

Sinkevicius said that the presence of integrated multimodal infrastructure of a high quality makes an important contribution to the successful development of the country and its partners. One example given was Saule, a container train linking western Europe with China via Kazakhstan, Russia, Belarus and Lithuania; this was a strategic cooperative project between Lithuania and Kazakhstan, which according to Sinkevicius, has a real possibility of becoming a new Silk Road, connecting Europe and Asia.

Hoping to make more efficient use of the possibilities that Lithuania has as a transit country, the Ministry of Transport and Communications of the Republic of Lithuania was one of the initiators of the ASEM Transport Ministers' Meetings and the first ASEM Transport Ministers' Meeting was held in October 2009 in Vilnius.