Tehran: Indian Ports, Shipping and Waterways Minister Sarbananda Sonowal on Saturday visited Shahid Beheshti Terminal at Chabahar Port in Iran to review the progress of the port’s development.

In an effort to reinvigorate the potential of Chabahar Port, Union Minister Sarbananda Sonowal has also handed over six mobile harbor cranes to the Chabahar Global Ports Free Trade Zone (IPGCFTZ) at the port, according to a statement. government press.

Sonowal embarked on an official visit to Iran and the United Arab Emirates on Thursday to visit Chabahar port and hold bilateral meetings with Iranian ministers.

The Union Minister was accompanied by India’s Ambassador to Iran, Gaddam Dharmendra. Dr. Ali Akbar Safaee, Deputy Minister and Director General of Ports and Maritime Organization, Iran, led the Iranian delegation at the launch.

Sarbananda Sonowal and Dr. Ali Akbar Safaee had a fruitful meeting on the development of maritime and port cooperation between Iran and India. The delegation discussed opportunities for trade and unlocking trade potential between Central Asian countries with South Asia, ASEAN and even Far East countries like Japan and Korea.

Sonowal reiterated the role Chabahar Port can play in reducing distance, time and cost. It was decided to set up a joint technical commission for the proper functioning of the port. The meeting also discussed the future action plan towards the development of the port.

Speaking on the occasion, Union Minister Sarbananda Sonowal said, “Our common historical relationship has been the cradle of Indo-Iranian bilateral relations. -ideal form for an expansion and deepening of the bilateral relationship.India remains fully committed to the development of Chabahar port in order to realize the vision set out during the visit of Indian Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi ji to Iran in 2016. he inauguration of the SIX Mobile Port Cranes would act as a force multiplier for the operation of Shahid Beheshti Port and give new impetus to the development of Chabahar Port The strategic role of Chabahar Port to unlock business potential in regional trade between Central Asia, South Asia and Southeast Asia is huge.We are continuously working to make the International Transport Corridor Nor d-Sud as a privileged trade route between the two regions. »

Since India Ports Global Private Limited (IPGPL) took over the operations of Shahid Beheshti Port, it has handled over 4.8 million tonnes of bulk cargo. Transshipment of goods originated from various countries including Australia, Bangladesh, Brazil, Germany, Oman, Romania, Russia, Thailand, United Arab Emirates, Ukraine and Uzbekistan.

With close cooperation between IGPL India and Iranian stakeholders including Iran Port and Maritime Organization, Iran Customs Administration and Chabahar Free Zone Authority, Port Authority of Shahid Beheshti and other stakeholders, the port is likely to act as a catalyst to unlock the huge trade potential in the region. The meeting was also attended by Mr. Sepahi, Deputy Provincial Governor and Governor of Chabahar City, Ebrahimi, Acting CEO of Chabahar Free Trade Zone Organization, among other senior ministry officials Ports, Shipping and Waterways, Indian Government, Indian Embassy. and officials of the Islamic Republic of Iran.

Union Minister Sarbananda Sonowal is on a three-day official tour of Iran and the United Arab Emirates, where he is expected to visit Chabahar Port in Iran and Jebel Ali Port in the United Arab Emirates. The visit aims to strengthen maritime ties and relations between the two nations. The visit also aims to highlight the importance of Chabahar Port as a gateway for Indian trade with Europe, Russia and CIS countries.

Chabahar Port is the country’s first overseas port project. The development of the Chabahar port project is a prestigious project of national importance. The minister said in a statement that due to the pandemic, there are fewer visits from India to Iran and vice versa.

This ministerial visit will strengthen the ties and the maritime relationship between the two nations. This visit will also highlight the importance of Chabahar as a gateway for Indian trade with Europe, Russia and CIS countries.

“The minister will participate in bilateral meetings with the ministers of roads and urban development and health and medical education of the government of the Islamic Republic of Iran,” the ministry said.

During this visit, it is also proposed to sign a Memorandum of Understanding regarding Mutual Recognition of Seafarers’ Certificates of Competency for Unlimited Voyages between the Government of India and the Government of the Islamic Republic of Iran .

The minister will also meet the ambassadors of the CIS countries based in Tehran. Sonowal will also visit the port of Jebel Ali, United Arab Emirates and meet the dais during the visit. Roundtable meetings with heads of shipping/freight companies in the UAE will also be present.

Previously, on July 31, the Ministry of Ports, Shipping and Waterways (MoPSW) observed “Chabahar Day” in Mumbai to mark the Chabahar – Link to International North-South Transport Corridor (INSTC) – Connecting Central Asian markets.

Sonwal said in his speech that India’s vision is to make Shahid Beheshti port in Chabahar a transit hub and link it with INSTC to reach Central Asian countries, the statement said. MoPSW press. He said India is looking forward to businesses and logistics companies using the incentives of Shahid Beheshti Port and Chabahar Free Trade Zone.

The Union Minister further urged all representatives and stakeholders to come up with suggestions to further reduce transport time and costs to create a cheaper, shorter, faster and more reliable route between India and Iran and Central Asia, the statement added.

The event was attended by Minister of State, MoPSW, Shripad Yesso Naik, Nurlan Zhalgasbayev, Ambassador-Republic of Kazakhstan, Asein Isaev, Ambassador- Kyrgyzstan, Lukmon Bobokalonzoda Ambassador Tajikistan, Shalar Geldynazarov Ambassador, Turkmenistan, Dilshod Akhatov, Ambassador – Uzbekistan, Jalil Eslami, Deputy for Port and Economic Affairs of the PMO, Zakia Wardak, Consul General (CG), Afghanistan, Dr AM Alikhani Consul General of the Islamic Republic of Iran, Masoud Ostad Hossein, Advisor to the Minister and Head of the Center of International Affairs, Ministry of Roads and Urban Development, Iran, Rajeev Jalota, Chairman of Indian Ports Association and Sunil Mukundan, MD, IPGL who graced the event with their presence alongside other esteemed guests.

During the event, delegates from Central Asian countries highlighted how Chabahar’s link with INSTC can play a vital role in boosting EXIM trade in their regions and its potential to further boost development in the countries. landlocked, according to the statement.

Chabahar Port is a key pillar of India’s India-Pacific vision to connect Eurasia with the Indian Ocean region. The port will also form part of the international North-South Transport Corridor network linking India. INSTC (International North-South Transport Corridor) is India’s vision and initiative to reduce the time it takes for EXIM shipments to reach Russia, Europe and enter Central Asian markets.

The port of Chabahar located in Iran is the commercial transit center of the region and in particular of Central Asia.