Afghanistan to use Indian developed Chabahar port for transit

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  1. warrior monk

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    Chabahar Focus of Abdullah’s Iran Visit

    Iran’s Sistan-Baluchestan Province and its Chabahar Port contribute to Afghanistan’s development and their potential should be fully tapped, said Afghan Chief Executive Officer Abdullah Abdullah during his visit to the Iranian port on Wednesday.
    “Chabahar, which is a transit gate in eastern Iran, is the best area for expansion of Afghanistan’s transit industry,” he said.
    “The port city is the closest and most economical route to connect Afghanistan to high seas. It also facilitates economic exchanges with India.”
    Abdullah noted that Afghanistan Investment Support Agency will encourage traders to invest in Chabahar, which would be suitable for imports and exports to the country, Mehr News Agency reported.
    “Till now, 110 companies have been registered in Chabahar Free Trade Zone by Afghan investors, 432 economic players of the neighboring country and their families have taken up residence there,” said the managing director of FTZ, Hamed Ali Mobaraki.
    Mobaraki announced that foreign investors will enjoy the same incentives awarded to Iranian investors.
    “We are even ready to provide expanses of land for Afghan investors,” he added. “The Iranian government has paid particular attention to Chabahar in recent years. Numerous projects have been defined for the FTZ. If all of them become operational in the next five years, 56,000 news jobs will be created in the port city.”
    The establishment of a steel mill, petrochemical plant and automotive company, as well as the construction of Chabahar-Mashhad railroad, is among significant investment projects in Chabahar by the domestic public and private sectors.
    The port city of Chabahar, which is about 17,150 square km in area with a population of nearly 200,000, is located in Sistan-Baluchestan Province in southeastern Iran. It is the only Iranian port with direct access to ocean. The fact that this Iranian port has deep waters right up to its shoreline, making it ideal for ocean-liners to dock.
    According to the managing director of Ports and Maritime Organization, Mohammad Saeednejad, around $342 million have been allocated for the development of the port in different sectors.
    “As we speak, Shahid Rajaei’s capacity stands at 2.5 million tons. But the figure will rise to 6-9 million tons, once Phase 1 of its development project is fully implemented,” he said.
    Chabahar is seen as a viable trade path among Afghanistan, Iran and Central Asian countries such as India, which is financially involved in the development of the port.
    The transit corridor has a special significance for Afghanistan, with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani declaring that his country wants to revitalize the Silk Road and act as a regional hub for connecting South Asia with Central Asia.
    Afghanistan, Iran and India have signed an agreement to give Indian goods heading toward Central Asia and Afghanistan preferential treatment and tariff reductions at Chabahar. India has also finalized a plan to build a 900-km railroad from the Afghan province of Bamiyan to Chabahar Port.
    Chabahar provides India an easier land-sea route to Afghanistan. New Delhi has already spent $100 million on building a 220-km road in the Afghan province of Nimroz, which will be extended to Chabahar.
    India has also pledged to commit about $85 million to construct container and multi-purpose terminals at Chabahar.
    The Chabahar project is said to be more important to Afghanistan than to any other country. Some experts have called it a bonanza for the economically troubled country, which is expected to suffer even more after the dollars that have been pouring in to sustain the US war machine reduce to a trickle when all residual American troops leave the country by 2017.
    In effect, with the development of Chabahar, Afghan trade volumes can soar exponentially, as the country would be able to ship goods more easily to key markets in Europe and the Middle East. It would also be able to import key goods more easily.
    While in Iran, Abdullah also met with the Leader of Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei, President Hassan Rouhani and Interior Minister Abdolreza Rahmani Fazli.
    Heading a business delegation of top Afghan officials, including Minister of Trade and Industry Homayoun Rasa, his visit was aimed at exploring grounds for expanding cooperation in a wide range of areas, including energy, transportation and security.


    http://financialtribune.com/article...my/33737/chabahar-focus-abdullah’s-iran-visit
     
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    FRYCRY Regular Member

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    Chabahar port will give India a entry into Afghanistan and Central Asian markets bypassing Pakistan...... i can see india-iran-afghan pact in future against pakiland
     
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    looks like Afghanistan wants to invest in Chabahar port and wants to use it for transit good news for Afghanistan as it will be a lot safe than through Pakistan.

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    Fantastic news... this will involve Iran to invest in Afghanistan too
     
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    I have a feeling a lot of those projects are supported by India as well;

    http://www.business-standard.com/ar...ran-s-rail-expansion-plan-115110200669_1.html

    http://www.steelorbis.com/steel-new...s_setting_up_a_steel_mill_in_iran_-862936.htm

    http://www.livemint.com/Companies/V...-to-plan-3-billion-petchem-plant-in-Iran.html

    So far things are going exactly in line with India's vision for this region & plan to develop Afghan economy. Iran's role in this will be crucial.
     
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    Afghanistan has iron ore about 3 billion tons, copper (60 million tons), cobalt, lithium (substantially high
    deposits) ( You know why we need it for ), niobium, uranium, chromites, granite, marble and other metallic and non-metallic minerals. Afghanistan also has aroung 444 billion cm3 of natural gas, 3.4 billion barrels of crude oil and 562 million barrels of natural gas deposits the worth is around 1.5 to 2 trillion dollars .

    and a very big news


    India may help Afghanistan on Bamiyan-Heart rail link

    India and Afghanistan are considering a proposal of laying a 600-km railway line between Bamiyan province in the central part of the country and its western province Herat, bordering Iran.

    Responding to a query, Wahidullah Shahrani, Afghanistan’s Minister of Mines, said here on Wednesday that this was a newly proposed rail corridor project, which both countries might jointly implement.

    “The proposed corridor would link a number of mineral resources deposits in Afghanistan,” the Minister said. The landlocked and war-ravaged country does not have a physical communication infrastructure.

    Though a SAIL-led consortium of steel makers was involved in an iron ore and steel project linked to Bamiyan deposits of Hajigak, he insisted that this was a separate project. Another consortium, also led by SAIL, has bid for an unexplored copper deposit in Herat’s Shaida area.

    Officials in New Delhi and Kabul have been trying to find a transport route that can viably evacuate minerals or metals out of Afghanistan.

    A proposal of a rail link from Hajigak will run westwards to Iran, along the Zaranj-Delaram highway that India had built in the mid-2000s, to the Iranian port of Chabahar.

    http://www.thehindubusinessline.com...-on-bamiyanheart-rail-link/article4171355.ece




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    600-km-long Bamiyan- Herat rail link which will serve to connect the Hajigak mines to Herat and further to the Iranian port of Chabahar via the Delaram-Zaranj highway which by the way we have already made.


     
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    Now, that is the reason why India needs PoK. Through the route of PoK and Afghanistan, we can get access to middle eastern oil. Moreover, Iranians are reported to wanting Indian Army bases in their country for joint exercises and help according to pakistani media.
     
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    Hmmm....that doesn't sound like usual Iranian behavior. Take the news with a pinch of salt. Especially if from Pakistani media...they are about as malicious as they are funny.
     
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    Actually, paki media was claiming that Iranian army violated ceasefire without provocation .
    Some of their weapons were looking Indian. So, our spies had some investigation and came to know there can be some bases of evil Indian Army.
     
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    Hope to complete phase one of Chabahar Port in Iran by 2018: Nitin Gadkari
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    India is keen on expediting development of Chabahar Port in Iran and hopes to complete the first phase of the project next year, Union Minister Nitin Gadkari has said. Located in the Sistan-Balochistan province on the energy-rich Persian Gulf nation’s southern coast, the port is easily accessed from India’s western coast, bypassing Pakistan.

    “We can complete the work on the first phase of the project in 2018… The funds are likely to be released shortly,” Shipping, Road Transport and Highways Minister Gadkari told PTI.

    “Tenders are out for the project,” the minister said.

    Kandla Port has floated tenders inviting global bids for supply and commissioning of terminal tractor trailers, forklifts, reach stackers, empty container handlers and yard cranes among other equipment at Shahid Beheshti Port, Chabahar, Iran.

    The Cabinet has already approved funds for development of the project.

    For greater trade and investment flow with Iran and neighbouring countries, the Cabinet last year had cleared proposals for development of Chabahar port including through a USD 150 million credit from Exim Bank.

    It also authorised the Shipping Ministry to form a company in Iran for implementing the Chabahar Port Development Project and related activities.

    As per the MoU signed between the two nations in May last year, India is to equip and operate two berths in Chabahar Port Phase-I with capital investment of USD 85.21 million and annual revenue expenditure of USD 22.95 million on a ten year lease.

    Ownership of equipment will be transferred to Iranian side on completion of 10-year period or for an extended period, based on mutual agreement. The Iranian side had requested for provision of a credit of USD 150 million in accordance with the MoU.

    As per the per the pact, operation of two berths is to commence within a period of maximum 18 months after the signing of the contract.

    Besides the bilateral pact to develop the Chabahar port, for which India will invest USD 500 million, a trilateral Agreement on Transport and Transit Corridor has also been signed by India, Afghanistan and Iran.
    “We can complete the work on the first phase of the project in 2018… The funds are likely to be released shortly,” Shipping, Road Transport and Highways Minister Gadkari told PTI.
    “Tenders are out for the project,” the minister said.

    Kandla Port has floated tenders inviting global bids for supply and commissioning of terminal tractor trailers, forklifts, reach stackers, empty container handlers and yard cranes among other equipment at Shahid Beheshti Port, Chabahar, Iran.

    The Cabinet has already approved funds for development of the project.

    For greater trade and investment flow with Iran and neighbouring countries, the Cabinet last year had cleared proposals for development of Chabahar port including through a USD 150 million credit from Exim Bank.

    It also authorised the Shipping Ministry to form a company in Iran for implementing the Chabahar Port Development Project and related activities.

    As per the MoU signed between the two nations in May last year, India is to equip and operate two berths in Chabahar Port Phase-I with capital investment of USD 85.21 million and annual revenue expenditure of USD 22.95 million on a ten year lease.

    Ownership of equipment will be transferred to Iranian side on completion of 10-year period or for an extended period, based on mutual agreement. The Iranian side had requested for provision of a credit of USD 150 million in accordance with the MoU.

    As per the per the pact, operation of two berths is to commence within a period of maximum 18 months after the signing of the contract.

    Besides the bilateral pact to develop the Chabahar port, for which India will invest USD 500 million, a trilateral Agreement on Transport and Transit Corridor has also been signed by India, Afghanistan and Iran.
     
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