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Official: Qeshm to be turned into major regional marine port

Saturday, 11 July 2015 | 00:00
Managing Director of Qeshm Free Zone Hamid Reza Momeni said in the light of the development of marine activities in the two Kaveh and Suza ports, the Qeshm Island will be turned into a main marine port in the region.

Speaking to IRNA in the course of an inspection tour of the head of Jebel Ali Free Zone of economic capacities of Qeshm, he said currently three jetties with a docking capacity of 100 thousand tons ships are active at Kaveh Port, adding that with the implementation of the development plan four new jetties will increase the capacity of the port to 2 million containers per year.

He added that the southern coastline of the city of Suza with such capacities as a draft of 48 meters can become one of the largest strategic ports of the world.

Stressing that for the implementation of the targets foreign investments are sought, he said based on statistics 50% of gross national product (GNP) of the United Arab Emirates is maintained through seafaring and Iran can take proper advantage of such an experience.

Momeni emphasized that certainly the experience and facilities of the UAE together with giant capacities of Qeshm Free Zone can bring about outstanding achievements for the two neighboring countries.

He pointed to privileges such as access of Qeshm to international and Central Asia markets as among components that are considered to be highly outstanding and important in this field.

Referring to the Persian Gulf comprehensive communication plan, he said with the construction of the bridge in fact south-north corridor will be properly used and will connect India to Noestrak.

An economic team of the UAE paid a three-day visit to Iran to get acquainted with capacities of the free zones for examining investment of about $500 million to $1 billion there.

Head of the DP World Company of the UAE and its British directors so far have inspected port and economic capacities of Anzali and Chabahar free zones.

The visit was made at the invitation of Presidential Advisor and Secretary of the High Council of Free Zones Akbar Torkan.

The UAE DP World is in charge of the management of 65 major world ports as well as 11 free zones in Europe and Asia, including Jebel Ali of the United Arab Emirates.
Source: IRNA
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