The Maritime Executive Georgia’s Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili outlined the plan in an exclusive interview with China Daily over the weekend. By Wendy Laursen
'While in China, Garibashvili met with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang, and
the leaders have agreed to commence free trade agreement negotiations.
China is Georgia’s third-largest trading partner, with bilateral trade
of $820 million last year. Part of the ancient Silk Road, Garibashvili
believes the nation can play a role in China’s new Silk Road Economic
'Located at the crossroads of Western Asia and Eastern Europe, Georgia
is bounded to the west by the Black Sea, to the north by Russia, to the
south by Turkey and Armenia and to the southeast by Azerbaijan.
'Garibashvili wants to build a new port in Anaklia on the Black Sea
but needs the participation of Chinese companies. Negotiations are
underway, and the project is expected to start next year. He said that
after the new port is built, it will take just 17 days for Chinese goods
to be delivered to Europe, compared with the current shipping route,
which takes about a month.
'“We have ambition to become a logistics hub in the region,” Garibashvili told China Daily.'