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UNECE and OSCE support discussions on optimization of cargo flows along Euro-Asian corridors

How to improve inland transport connectivity between Europe and Asia? What are the specific needs of producers, shippers, traders and freight forwarders along Euro-Asian routes? These were the main themes discussed by transport officials, representatives of the private sector and academia, and experts from Germany, Poland, the Russian Federation, Turkmenistan, Turkey and Iran, at a seminar organized under UNECE’s project on Euro-Asian Transport Links (EATL). The event also gathered representatives of various specialized inter-governmental transport organizations from across the region. Participants elaborated on and shared information on recent developments in transport infrastructure projects along Euro-Asian routes.

"Euro-Asian producers, traders and consumers are increasingly interested in a speedy delivery of fast-moving consumer goods and spare parts needed for industrial processes,” said Miroslav Jovanovic, EATL project secretary at UNECE’s Transport Division “The goal of the project is to maintain and extend a platform for fast, secure, affordable and reliable trade and overland transport connectivity between Europe and Asia.”

“Workable solutions can be identified and tangible progress can occur only by assessing common gaps and identifying the remaining stumbling blocks in the region’s trade and transport integration,” said Ermelinda Meksi, Deputy Co-ordinator of OSCE Economic and Environmental Activities.

The seminar was hosted by the Office of the Co-ordinator of OSCE Economic and Environmental Activities in Vienna.

For more information on EATL please visit: http://www.unece.org/trans/main/eatl.html