Transport infrastructure construction needs int'l coordination

14:16, October 21, 2009      

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The transport authorities of each country need to coordinate with each other in developing their transport infrastructure, Chinese Transport Minister Li Shenglin said on Tuesday.

Amid the global economic downturn, countries across the world have taken a series of measures, including more investments in transport infrastructure, in a bid to boost domestic demand, Li told Xinhua in Vilnius, where he attended the first Asia-Europe transport ministers' meeting.

Li said he was satisfied with the result of the meeting, which provided an important platform for furthering cooperation between Asia and Europe, he added.

Transport authorities of the Asian and European countries have enhanced their cooperation in recent years, but "more consensus needs to be reached on a number of issues" with a view to promoting economic growth, Li said.

Asian-European transport cooperation should be promoted in the following three aspects: to upgrade marine, railway, land and air transport facilities, to provide policy and legal guarantees to the easy access to these facilities and laws and to exchange opinions among transport authorities on a regular basis, Li said.

Li said the fast growth in economic exchanges and trade between China and Europe has brought new challenges for the transport sector.

China will continue to work with the European side to advance cooperation in the transport sector, Li noted.

The Chinese government also encourages Chinese enterprises to seek cooperation with Baltic Sea countries, which are working to turn their region into a shipping hub between the East and West, Li said.

Source: Xinhua
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