ROUNDTABLE in Riga.
The sector of transport and logistics services in Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan, which should be based on well-developed network of transport and logistics centres, is only beginning to emerge. So far, the establishment of logistics centres have started to form a simple network of warehouses close to major cities. However, most of them do not have a flexible exit-platform to the main transport networks and it often happens the same product line to be placed in small quantities in different warehouses. In some warehouses storage costs (electricity, cold supply, loading and unloading manually, security, etc.) remain extremely high.
First Round table within the EU funded project “Strengthening Transport and Logistics BIOs in Central Asia”, held in Riga, Latvia on 29th of May *2017 could be defined by the slogan: Building partnership.
The discussion was joined by prominent and long-standing participants in different logistics directions that created great value for the entrepreneurship environment. In the very beginning of the discussion participants drew attention on the existence of bilateral agreements between Turkmenistan and Latvia as well as between Uzbekistan and Latvia. Entrepreneurs of all countries acknowledged efficiency of government initiatives of strong support for open doors that is proved by involving of business sector in international event, affecting the establishment of cooperation. Working cooperation projects are increasing opportunities for businesses to expand and increase.
The Round Table gathered representatives of different areas of logistics business with different years of experience in sector.
A full day of intensive discussion led the Round Table participants to common ideas of improving the relations between European and Central Asian companies.
For the beginning the following steps were proposed:
- to clear what are real possibilities for sustainable partnership;
- to identify the core problems of businesses in CA and Europe;
- to identify necessary storages for goods transported;
- to conduct precise analysis of real needs of businesses;
- to offer system of equal payments for transportation.
Central Asian guests asked theur colleagues from Latvia to help to the establishment of partnership between logistics companies in Central Asia and Europe. The end of the day of the 1st Round Table promises to continue discussions of the topics arose during the upcoming Round Tables in Uzbekistan (July 2017) and Turkmenistan (November 2017) with the major participation of the representatives of logistics business in those countries.