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Chabahar Port connecting Afghanistan with world

Chabahar Port is not only a port connecting Afghanistan with the world but it is a port that has good transit benefits for exporting the country’s products to other countries of the world in particular India. Moreover, the port helps Afghanistan develop its economy by exporting its products to foreign countries.
Reduction of expenses in transit of goods, goods safety, observation of principles and international norms in transit of goods to other countries are a number of benefits of the respective port.
On Sunday, President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani was in Zaranj city in western Nimroz province to inaugurate the first Afghan cargo which was planned to be sent to India through Chabahar Port in Iran.
After opening the first Afghan cargo, the country’s President said that Afghanistan was no more a landlocked country, adding that it was the heart of Asia.
For the first time, the shipment 570 tons of Afghan products was exported to India through Chabahar Port. 
Addressing a ceremony in Zaranj, Ghani said that with the opening of the Chabahar route, the country’s exports would increase to $2 billion from the current $1 billion in the next year.
“Today, Nimroz is turning from a deprived province into a key province,” President Ghani said as he pointed out to the importance of the Chabahar Port for Nimroz.  
The country’s President directed relevant institutions to start work on improving Nimroz from a third-grade province to a second-grade province. 
Officials for Afghanistan Chamber of Commerce and Industries say high-ranking officials of Afghanistan, Iran and India will participate today (Feb 26) in a gathering to be held for implementation of Chabahar port agreement in Iran.
“It is determined that today a gathering will be held Iran with participation of high-ranking officials of Afghanistan, Iran and India and the gathering is aimed at implementation of works on the Chabahar port,” provincial chief executive of ACCI in Herat Khalil Ahmad Yarmand said.
He added that due to shortcomings in infrastructures of the port, big ships could not harbored in the port, asking the Indian and Iranian governments to provide pavement for direct transit of Afghan traders’ goods from Arabic and other regional countries through Chabahar port.
Chabahar Port is a key trade port, providing Afghanistan with direct sea access. In May 2016, India, Iran, and Afghanistan signed an agreement on the establishment of a Transit and Transport Corridor among the three countries using Chabahar Port as the regional hub for sea transportation. 
Last year in February, Iran said it had agreed to lease operational control of Chabahar to India for 18 months and in June, India’s Union Minister NitinGadkari said India is trying to make Chabahar fully operational by 2019.
ShukriaKohistani

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