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French ambassador visits new Port of Baku in Alat
Nov 14, 2017
Minister of Transport, Communications and High Technologies of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ramin Guluzade and Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of France to Azerbaijan Aurelia Bouchez visited the new Port of Baku under construction in Alat settlement.
During the meeting, Minister Ramin Guluzade noted that the new Baku Port under construction in Alat settlement is the largest port in the Caspian region. After completion of the first phase of construction in the area, the port’s cargo handling capacity will be 15 million tons per year, with the end of the last phase - 25 million tons and 1 million TEU containers.
The Minister also stressed that Baku-Tbilisi-Kars railway and the new Baku Port being built in Alat settlement, are major transport projects of the country and an integral part of the restored ancient Silk Road. At the same time, the Minister recalled his meeting with his French counterpart during his visit to France in the summer of this year and expressed his willingness to cooperate in the field of telecommunications and transport. Ramin Guluzade also invited French companies to participate in the 23rd Bakutel exhibition to be held on December 5-8 in Baku.
Director General of Baku International Sea Trade Port CJSC Taleh Ziyadov informed the guests about the role of Azerbaijan in the historical Silk Road, the need to build a new port in Alat, as well as its contribution to the economy of the country and the region.
Taleh Ziyadov invited French companies to carry out joint activities at the new port. The Director General also informed the Ambassador that the annual meeting of the International Association of Ports and Harbors (IAPH) will be held in Baku Port on May 8-11, 2018.
Ambassador of France to Azerbaijan, Mrs. Aurelia Bouchez, in turn, said that they closely follow the construction of the new Baku Port in Alat settlement. According to her, the port plays an important role in the policy of the Government of Azerbaijan in turning the country into a transport hub and France supports the project both economically and politically.
The Ambassador noted the interest of French ports Marseille, Le port du Havre and Dunkerque in cooperation with the Baku Port.
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