Hong Kong-headquartered Kerry Logistics Network today announced the signing of a memorandum of understanding between its member company Globalink and Georgia’s Anaklia City JSC to cooperate in the development of the Anaklia Deep Sea Port and Special Economic Zone in Anaklia, Georgia.
Building on its long presence in Georgia and the Caucasian region, Globalink is expected to contribute logistics and multimodal freight knowledge and expertise to the project.
Edwardo Erni, managing director – China and North Asia of Kerry Logistics, said, “We are honoured to be given the opportunity to participate in this exciting project. Anaklia is a key cargo gateway in the Caucasian region. With Globalink’s proven track record in the Georgian market, and our comprehensive multimodal freight network across Eurasia, we are committed to devising innovative solutions to facilitate the building of Anaklia Port into a successful logistics hub for the region with integrated logistics, sea-rail, and sea-road services.”
Anaklia is strategically located along the shortest trade route between China and Europe in the Belt and Road network, acting as a cargo gateway of the landlocked Central Asian and Caucasian regions.
Ketevan Bochorishvili, chief executive of Anaklia City JSC, said, “We are excited about the cooperation with Globalink which has a deep understanding and comprehensive experience in the Caucasian region and Central Asia. With the Anaklia Port and Anaklia SEZ, we are establishing a state-of-the-art logistics, trade and business platform, which will serve a pivotal role in increasing the connectivity of Georgia as it is positioned along the shortest route from China to Europe via the Middle Corridor and from India to Europe. The successful development of Anaklia projects is expected to unlock a potential market of over 150 million consumers and serve as a bridge between Asia and Europe.”
The news of Globalink’s latest venture follows swiftly on from the signing of a free trade agreement between Hong Kong and Georgia on 28 June 2018. The FTA encompasses trade in goods and services, investments, a dispute settlement mechanism, and other related areas.