The Ministries of Transport of Latvia, Belarus and Sweden discuss tri-lateral cooperation in the field of transport and logistics
On February 20, 2020, the Minister of Transport of the Republic of Latvia Mr Talis Linkaits lead a delegation from the ministry to participate in the 3rd Global Ministerial Conference on Road Safety in Stockholm, Sweden.
On the sidelines of the conference, the Deputy State Secretary of the Ministry of Transport of Latvia Mr Uldis Remainis participated in the first Latvia-Belarus-Sweden Transport ministries’ tri-lateral meeting, where he met with Mr Andrei Ivanov, the Belarusian Vice-Minister for Transport and Communications Mr Andrei Ivanov and the State Secretary to the minister of Infrastructure of the Kingdom of Sweden Mr Mathias Landgren.
In the meeting, the parties discussed the cooperation prospects in the transport and logistics sectors between Latvia, Belarus and Sweden. Mr Reimanis stated that “Latvia, Belarus and Sweden share strong traditional economic relations, and there is a good opportunity to develop strategic cooperation between the three countries in the provision of integrated multimodal transport services and solutions in connecting freight flow between Asia and Europe.” The meeting was also attended by the Ambassador of the Republic of Latvia to the Kingdom of Sweden Mr Margers Krams.
At the conference, Mr U. Reimanis and Ms E. Luca, the Director of the Department for International Project Cooperation, met with the President of the International Road Federation (IRF) Mr B. Halkias. In the discussion, Mr U. Reimanis confirmed Latvia’s interest to reduce the number of fatalities in road transportation, to improve road safety and to learn the best practice from the world.”
IRF President B. Halkias introduced Latvian delegation to the IRF and extended an invitation for Latvia to join the IRF in the future and to work together to improve the road safety.
The Minister of Transport of Latvia, Mr Talis Linkaits participated in the International Transport Forum and received praises for Latvia’s active involvement in the international dialogue aimed at reducing the number of the fatalities in the roads.
Latvia supports the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, which lays out the recommendation to accelerate action towards halving global road traffic deaths and injuries by 2030. The Ministry of Transport of Latvia is committed to improving road safety, making it one of the Ministry of Transport's top priorities.
The International Road Federation (IRF) is a global, independent, non-profit organization, headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland. Since 1948, the IRF has been an active organization representing leading corporate and institutional players in the road and mobility industry worldwide. Its mission is to promote the development of roads and road networks that provide sustainable mobility. Its approach focuses on key strategic components of knowledge transfer and information sharing that connect people, businesses and organizations, as well as politics and advocacy.
More information about the International Road Federation (IRF): https://irfnet.ch
Information prepared by:
The Ministry of Transport of the Republic of Latvia
International Project Cooperation Coordination Department