Heads of Kazakhstan and Georgia hold meeting in Almaty

Alikhan Smailov, Prime Minister of Kazakhstan, and Irakli Garibashvili, Prime Minister of Georgia, discussed key issues of cooperation in the spheres of trade, transportation and logistics in Almaty. 

Alikhan Smailov emphasized that Georgia is an important and reliable partner of Kazakhstan in the South Caucasus. Over the past 6 months the volume of trade between the countries has increased by almost 30% and amounted to $190 million. At the same time, the relevant Intergovernmental Commission is working to further increase the volume of trade turnover.

Prime Minister also noted that within the framework of bilateral relations interaction in the transit-transport sphere plays an increasing role. Thus, today the partnership on the development of the Trans-Caspian International Transport Route (TITR) is rapidly strengthening between the countries. For 6 months of the current year, the volume of cargo transportation along the Middle Corridor has already increased by 77% and amounted to 1.3 million tons.

Alikhan Smailov added that the interstate agreements reached gave additional impetus to further development of this corridor. In particular, the promotion of issues on digitalization, ensuring stable tariffs for transportation and the creation of a single logistics operator along the route were of particular importance.

"We are interested in increasing the transport connectivity of the region and in the consistent improvement of transit conditions. In general, the Government of Kazakhstan is determined to continue multifaceted work to ensure the dynamic development of Kazakhstan-Georgia partnership in all directions," Prime Minister emphasized. 

For his part, Irakli Garibashvili reaffirmed Georgia's readiness to strengthen effective interaction with Kazakhstan across the entire spectrum of bilateral cooperation.

"We previously discussed ambitious plans for the implementation of projects that are interesting for both our countries. We pay great attention to the development of the Middle Corridor and joint plans in this direction. A corresponding Road Map has been signed. I believe that our cooperation will continue to be effective," the Prime Minister of Georgia said.

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