site.btaTransport Minister Gvozdeykov Confers with Kazakhstan's Ambassador Temirbaev
Providing fast and efficient connectivity between Asia and Europe via Bulgarian ports is among the priorities of the government, said Transport Minister Georgi Gvozdeykov during a meeting with Kazakhstan's Ambassador to Bulgaria Viktor Temirbaev, quoted by the Transport Ministry on Tuesday.
The two discussed ways to attract transit cargo traffic between Asia and Europe and to tap the potential of the Black Sea region, which is key to the Trans-Caspian International Transport Route (Middle Corridor).
"The international situation and the limited access to important ports and maritime routes call for the urgent development of alternative trade corridors and intermodal transport centres," said Gvozdeykov. He noted Bulgaria’s strategic location, allowing Bulgarian sea ports to become portals, concentrating a considerable part of cargo shipments through the region.
"The inclusion of the ports of Varna and Burgas in the Middle Corridor will play a crucial role in the development of logistical chains, connecting Europe with Central and Southeastern Asia and will shorten delivery time," said the Transport Minister.
The two discussed prospects for air connectivity between the two countries and legislation in the field of air transport, which will provide the necessary conditions for the regular transportation of passengers and cargo.