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Belarus urges China to invest more actively in transport and logistics sector

02 December 2014

MINSK (BelTA) - Belarus urges China to invest more in the transport and logistics sector, Belarus' Minister of Transport and Communications Anatoly Sivak said as he met with China's Vice Minister of Transport Wang Changshun, BelTA learned from the press service of the Ministry of Transport and Communications.

In his introductory remarks, Anatoly Sivak noted the critical importance of cooperation of the two countries in the transport field and elaborated on the promising areas of cooperation. For example, the Minister called on the Chinese side to invest more actively in the transport and logistics sector, the production of railway rolling stock and vessels for inland waterways, and to set up companies specializing in international road transport.

Anatoly Sivak also stressed the need to develop an agreement between Belarus and China in road service, noting that domestic carriers are very interested in the Chinese market. Mr Wang Changshun, for his part, pointed to the lack of a single international agreement on international road transport which would include not only Belarus and China but also the countries en route from China to Europe - Russia and Kazakhstan. He noted that the Chinese side is ready to discuss the issue regarding a permit system with Belarus.

Anatoly Sivak called the establishing of the direct air service Minsk-Beijing as a priority area of cooperation in the field of civil aviation and asked the Chinese partners to consider a possibility of opening such a flight by one of Chinese airlines. Mr Wang Changshun supported the proposal and noted that if there is interest on the part of the airlines, they can open the air service not only with the capital but also with other cities of China.

The parties noted the particular importance of the joint work on the development of a land transportation route for fast container trains from China to Europe, and the participation of China in the development of the high-speed railway transport in Belarus. The parties expressed confidence that both Russia and Western Europe may show interest in this project.

Anatoly Sivak also praised the cooperation with Chinese companies in construction of roads. According to him, at present Belarus is developing a public-private partnership, has commissioned a system of toll roads. Therefore foreign organizations can build and operate a highway in the future. "The Chinese side is ready to bolster ties with the Belarusian partners in the development of road transport infrastructure in order to raise the level of bilateral cooperation," the press service of the ministry quoted Wang Changshun as saying.

In addition, Anatoly Sivak and Wang Changshun agreed to continue to exchange views on legal and technical issues of bilateral cooperation, and to develop a mechanism for strengthening future cooperation.

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