YEREVAN (Noyan Tapan)–Consultations regarding the development of a transport corridor between Central Europe and Transcaucasia were recently held in Bratislava–Slovakia–with the sponsorship of Director General of the Armes company A.Grigorian. Participating in the consultations were Slovakia’s First Deputy Minister of Economy–Head of the Department of Railroad and Danube Navigation–and representatives of the railroad authorities of Ukraine and Georgia.
The meeting participants found it necessary to continue to encourage the development of the multi-model transportation route of Bratislava-Ilichevsk-Poti. This way–shipmen’s will take up to ten days and if continued as far as Yerevan–it will take up to a fortnight. The shipment of a 20-foot-long container from Bratislava to Poti will cost $1,200–and to Yerevan – $1,700. Shipmen’s from Bratislava to Ilichevsk will be operated via the newly opened high-speed railway–and from Ilichevsk to Poti by ferry.
The Slovakian capital was also chosen as a venue for the parties’ next meeting–which is due next month. Deputy transport ministers of Georgia and Ukraine as well as Yerevan’s top municipal officials are expected to participate in the September meeting.