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October 2018, No. 89


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Caspian Sea
An Opportunity for Development of Exchanges


We have the opportunity for combined transport as well as capacities that should facilitate and expedite trade. We are striving to develop trade exchanges, and we need to develop our maritime industry with joint engagement and investment in the shipbuilding sector and support industries.


Addressing an International Conference on Export Development via the Caspian Sea in Sari, Mazandaran Governor Mohammad Eslami said that open sea, especially the Caspian Sea, is an opportunity for the people around it to develop exchanges and promote peace and friendship. He noted: “We must value this precious opportunity as a God given blessing and forge greater cooperation for peaceful coexistence and broader exchanges.”

Noting that the world today experiences various conditions in the name of peace, stability and international security which are in reality destabilizing and insecure for the region and the world, he said: “The countries of the region should get together and forge wider interactions in order to ensure stability and security more than before.”

Eslami, stating that the geographical opportunity the Islamic Republic has drawn in line with stable foreign and international security policies, including access to free waters, the Indian Ocean and the need of its littoral states for access to the Central Asian countries and the necessity of activating the North-South Corridor has defined a more special role for the Caspian Sea. “Dialogue with the Commonwealth of the Independent States (CIS) and creating space for the development of exchanges and cooperation should be the outcome of this type of conferences.”

Pointing out that diversification of cooperation topics and various issues for trade exchanges is one of the requirements of the conference, he said, the Caspian states have high capacities and through interaction and convergence they can forge sustained cooperation for the wellbeing of their nations. The foundation of these partnerships can lead to the exchange of potentials and division of opportunities and turn benefits into common interests.

He cited the development of transport as another necessity of mutual cooperation between the countries of the Caspian Sea region. He said the Islamic Republic of Iran has made considerable investments in the field of development of sea, rail, air and road transport.

Referring to Garmsar-Incheh Borun electric railway, he added that with the development of this capacity, the displacement of cargo will increase from 2.5 million tons per year to 10 million tons and the speed of trains from 60 km/h to 120 km/h. The line will pass through Mazandaran and connect the province to Amirabad Port. This will help the Caspian Sea ports’ capacities be widely exploited.

Eslami pointed to the expansion of the province’s airline, noting that with the launch of an exclusive airline from Mazandaran to the Caspian states, the movement of traders and tourists in the CIS region will be facilitated. “We have the opportunity for combined transport as well as capacities that should facilitate and expedite trade. We are striving to develop trade exchanges, and we need to develop our maritime industry with joint engagement and investment in the shipbuilding sector and support industries. It can both contribute to entrepreneurship and productive employment and develop our capacities in the Caspian Sea.”

Pointing out that development of maritime tourism is another issue that can be expanded through interaction and cooperation, Eslami said: “We hope through capacity building , especially the plans for RORO floats and RORO wagons which are being connected to the rails in Amirabad we will be able to expand exchange of passengers and maritime tourism.”
He also emphasized on the development of export of dairy and horticultural products and protein to the Caspian Sea states as another area of cooperation. He noted that Amirabad Special Economic Zone is another opportunity to produce goods and services that can be exploited in the region.

The governor added that in Amirabad Special Economic Zone, land and facilities are given to applicants so that we can see the production and employment boom by using 1,000 hectares of hinterland at the port. He hoped that the conference would accelerate interactions between the Islamic Republic and the Caspian states and provide new partnerships for the expansion of peace and friendship and the development of trade and economic exchanges.

 

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