ISLAMABAD: Minister of Roads and Urban Development Abbass Akhoundi says Iran is willing to built infrastructure for cargo transit on eastern Iran to develop trade with Pakistan, Afghanistan and Central Asia.
Iranian trade will contribute to economic development of the regional states.
Akhoundi said the eastern Iran enjoys major infrastructure and railway to develop trade with Pakistan, Afghanistan and Turkmenistan on neighborhood of the ports of Sistan-Baluchestan province.
He was on a visit to border terminal and customs office of Mirjaveh 85 kms east of Zahedan.
He noted that government will pay much attention to development of the eastern parts of the country.
‘Some of the projects for development of Shahid Rajaie Dock of Chabahar Port will be announced in presence of Iran President.’
There are 1400 kms land roads to Dogharun in Khorassan-e Razavi province so, efforts should be made to use the infrastructure for trade ties with the regional states.
‘Our duty is laying necessary infrastructures on the eastern parts of the country so as to be able to adopt more effective measures in land and air transport and shipping industry.’
He cited the strategic condition of Sistan-Baluchestan Province in terms of ocean ports, markets and border customs, the potentials for economic development.
He added that the province is one of the important border provinces so, more border trade and exports and imports in the region is of high importance.
Akhoundi said that Mirjaveh border terminal is active satisfactorily.
He said that one million tons of cargo are transited from eastern Iran to Afghanistan and Pakistan, 700,000 tons of which from Milak border terminal and 350,000 tons from Mirjaveh.
In addition to the routine cargo transit, annually one million tons of cargo are exported to Afghanistan and Pakistan through the terminals in exchange for about 200,000 tons of goods, including rice and certain agro products, that are imported to the country via Mirjaveh. APP