International conference on Chabahar development coinciding with Chabahar Day began in the southeastern port of Chabahar on Tuesday with the participation of Iranian officials and guests from 17 countries.
Chabahar port in southeastern Iran has an important position in accelerating the country's economic development, said the secretary of the Supreme Council of Iran's Free Trade, Industrial and Special Economic Zones.
Close on the heels of the launch of a new shipping route connecting three Indian ports with Chabahar, Iran is eyeing the construction of a gas pipeline and a railway link to Zahedan to boost activities at the strategic port, Iranian officials said on Monday.
By Sudha Ramachandran*
With India taking over operations at Iran's Shahid Behesti port in Chabahar, New Delhi has reached an important milestone in realizing its economic and strategic ambitions in Central Asia.
Almost 400 companies from 15 countries have officially applied so far to conduct business in Chabahar Free Trade Zone (FTZ), an official of the Chabahar Free Trade Zone Organization announced on Tuesday, adding that the Iran's oceanic hub will have a tremendous impact on the entire region.
Some 120,000 tons of commodities were transited to Afghanistan from the southeastern Iranian port of Chabahar during the 14 months ending December 21, according to deputy head of Ports and Maritime Organization of Iran.
Iran, India, and Afghanistan held their first joint committee meeting on Monday to follow up the agreements reached by the three states to finalize protocols for transit, roads, customs and consular issues for Iran's southeastern port of Chabahar.