KABUL: Attended by Iranian, Indian and Turkish ambassadors, President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani spoke during the inauguration ceremony of sending Afghanistan’s first shipment through Chabahar Port, the Presidential Palace said in a statement on Sunday.
The ceremony which was held in Zaranj, Nimruz province’s center, at the outset, the provincial governor Sayed Wali Sultan said we would witness economic growth through regional cohesion and regional cooperation is only possible by execution of big projects.
He added Chabahar Port inauguration will prepare the ground for bolstering relations among Afghanistan, Iran and India, the statement added.
Nimruz was located on the way of Silk Route in the past and today, it found its position again, acting minister of commerce and industries Ajmal Ahmadi said.
He added signing cooperation agreements with Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan, inauguration of new transit routes and air corridors proves that Afghanistan is not a challenge but an opportunity.
“Our goal is to change Afghanistan into an exporting country from an importing one and much have so far been done in this regard,” Ahmadi said.
Afghan traders can hereafter export 60000 tons of goods to different countries through air corridors and earn over $120 mln, he stated.
Afterwards, the minister of public works Yama Yari said the figures suggested that Afghanistan’s exports have jumped by 30 percent.
He added his ministry plans to establish a shipping section with Afghanistan’s flag in open waters.
Likewise, deputy to Afghanistan’s chamber of commerce and industries said that the private sector has visibly grown and the president’s efforts have caused the country to be rescued of other countries’ monopoly.
Calling inauguration of Chabahar Port the result of efforts made by three countries, the Iranian ambassador said the Chabahar’s message was regional partnership, prevention of competition and violence and regional development.
Furthermore, Indian ambassador to Kabul said establishing ground transit routes and air corridors pave the way to regional connectivity.
He added economic growth can prepare the ground for ensuring peace and stability in the region.
The president thanked Iran and India’s joint cooperation and efforts on establishing Chabahar Port.
He added Afghanistan is turning to an exporting country from an importing one and this process should be supported.
Afghanistan’s exports have reached to $1 bln for the first time, the president stated.
Economic growth would be impossible without private sector partnership and a faulty governance has been the main obstacle before our trade, the president continued.
The president vowed to private sector that a dry port would be established in Nimruz province at its earliest and asked the Afghan traders to invest in it.
He assured Nimruz people of timely holding of presidential elections and asked them to take part in ‘Peace Consultative Jirga’ in order the government decides based on their views and suggestions.
At the presence of the relevant countries’ ambassadors, the president inaugurated Afghanistan’s sending first shipment to India which was consisting 570 tons of merchandizes.
The Kabul Times