Interview: Georgian Vice PM says China's B&R Initiative brings tangible benefits to participating countries Release date:2018-04-16

BEIJING, April 13 (Xinhua) -- The Belt and Road Initiative brings tangible benefits to all participating countries, Georgian First Vice Prime Minister Dimitri Kumsishvili told Xinhua in an interview on Thursday.

"The initiative stimulates regional cooperation, development of infrastructure and transportation links between countries and regions. That means creation of new jobs, new opportunities for business sector and increased social welfare for all countries engaged in the initiative," said Kumsishvili.

"As an important post along the ancient Silk Road, Georgia considers it very important to revive the Silk Road," Kumsishvili noted, stressing that Georgia is now upgrading its infrastructure to become a transportation hub for Asia and Europe.

He described China as one of the most important trade and investment partner for his country.

"We see the Free Trade Agreement signed in May 2017 as a demonstration that Georgia is coming closer to China," Kumsishvili said.

"We are particularly benefiting from China's vision of building a community with a shared future for mankind and reform and opening-up policy," he said.

Kumsishvili said his country is looking forward to the China International Import Expo (CIIE) in Shanghai in November.

"This is a new way of China's opening-up," Kumsishvili said.