The Secretary General of the Shipping and Related Services Association of the Islamic Republic of Iran said: "What happened in the Special Economic Zone of Astara Port is a turning point in the cooperation between the government and the private sector."
According to the Public Relations Department of Ports and Maritime Authority
of Guilan Province, Massoud Pol Meh, during his visit to the Special Economic
Zone of Astara Port, told reporters: “The foreign trade gateway of any country
is considered the commercial ports of that country.”
He continued by saying that "ports"
means a beating heart to inject blood into all the arteries that keep a
country's economy alive: "Fortunately, today we are witnessing a growing
partnership between the government and the private sector, and its objective
appearance can be seen in the port of Astara.”
He pointed out that Kaveh Company will create
up to five berths in the port of Astara in its development phases in the coming
months and years. He added: “with the realization of this important issue, the loading
and unloading capacity o will increase up to 2.5 million tons.”
Pol Meh, noting that the port of Astara has
been able to allocate a larger share of port operations to the
"export" of goods, noted: “The port of Astara supplies the products
required by the CIS and Russia through container transport and the help of
He added: "Over the past year, 150,000
tons of goods have been transported from this port and it is expected that it
will increase to 200,000 tons by the end of the year."
In another part of his speech, the Secretary
General of the Iranian Shipping Association emphasized that what happened in
the port of Astara is a turning point in the cooperation between the government
and the private sector, and added: " We expect this important issue to be
considered as a successful example and the government to trust the private
sector more than before in matters of tenure."
He added: "What we want in the
implementation of Article 44 is the management and supervision of economic and
executive processes in the field of economics, to grant more
power to the private sector, which can improve the conditions in a more
It is worth mentioning that the Secretary
General of the Iranian Shipping Association and the accompanying delegation
visited other economic infrastructures in the city, including the land customs
and the Astara-Astara international rail dock.