Georgia to seek hub status in Belt, Road

- May 18, 2018-

The nation of Georgia hopes to become a logistics hub between Europe and Asia within the framework of the Belt and Road Initiative, a senior Georgian diplomat said in an exclusive interview.

The country's strategic location at the continental crossroads enables it to play an increasingly important role in bridging the Eastern and Western markets, David Aptsiauri, Georgian ambassador to China, said on Wednesday.

"The Belt and Road Initiative has increased the importance of my country," Aptsiauri said. Georgia's goal of becoming a logistics hub has added synergy with the initiative, he said.

China and Georgia signed the Memorandum on Silk Road Economic Belt Cooperation in March 2015. The two countries are working on an agreement on international road and rail transportation of passengers and goods, which is hoped to facilitate the development of links between them along the Silk Road.