Coruña, Spain (PortSEurope) June 30, 2019 – A delegation of representatives of the Iranian port of Chabahar has visited the facilities of the Lonja de A Coruña, in the framework of a commercial mission to Galicia to learn how to develop a fishing industry.
The Iranian delegation was accompanied on its visit by the Conselleria do Mar, Rosa Quintana, and the president of Autoridad Portuaria de A Coruña (APC – A Coruña Port Authority), as well as by the people in charge of the Lonja. The group was presented with the entire fish production chain.
The port of Chabahar, located in the Gulf of Oman, is the main fish dock in the area, with great potential for development, with a Free Trade Zone. Chabahar port seeks to promote cooperation between its companies and businesses in Galicia.
The commercial mission was coordinated by Addfour Synthesis Corporation SL, a Spanish company with presence in Iran. It started yesterday and will continue throughout the week with visits to industrial complexes dedicated to fish processing, equipment manufacturing companies, chains of cold, canneries, aquaculture companies and management of fishing piers.
The president of the Port Authority of Chabahar, Farzin Haghdel, participated in the first Hispano-Iranian Business Meeting (Encuentro Empresarial Hispano-Iraní), organised by Club Financiero Atlántico in conjunction with the Galician company Addfour Synthesis Corporation, which addressed future joint activities between Spain and Iran.
Last December, it was reported that India had formally taken over operations at Iran’s strategic Chabahar Port, a move that could have significant geopolitical ramifications in the region.
The port on the Indian Ocean, inaugurated last year, is being built largely by India and is expected to provide a key supply route for Afghanistan while allowing India to bypass rival Pakistan to trade with Central Asia.
Representatives from India, Iran, and Afghanistan met in Tehran to formally hand over control to state-owned India Ports Global Limited (IPGL).
The port of Chabahar is located in southeastern Iran, north of the Oman Sea, with access to international open seas.
Chabahar port, regarding its position, benefits from geo-political, geo-economical and geo-strategic potentials. It is located, both in South-North and East-West transit corridors and can act as a transport gateway, as well as a central commercial hub between CIS countries, India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Russia and Europe.
Chabahar port development plan and the inclusion in free trade zones (FTZ) will be a momentum in development of South-North transit corridor and consequently international trade in the region.
Currently, Chabahar port consists of two port complexes, named Shahid Kalantari port and Shahid Beheshti port. Shahid Kalantari port is a traffic port and the vision of Shahid Beheshti port development is to transform it into a multimodal and fourth generation port, hence it can play as a regional hub port.
However, remains over the future of the strategically-important Chabahar Port that India is building in Iran’s Sistan-Baluchistan province.
Despite India getting exemption for the development of the port from the sanctions imposed by the United States on Iran last November, European and Chinese suppliers who had won the bid to supply equipment for the port are now reluctant to proceed, fearing adverse impact on their business with the US.
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