Iran, Algeria discuss expansion of port, maritime co-op, sister city agreement under study

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A delegation from Algeria’s Ministry of Transport paid a working visit to Iran’s Emam Khomeini Port in the southwestern region of Khuzestan with a view to explore new areas of mutual maritime cooperation.

In this aspect, a sister city agreement between the port of Emam Khomeini and the port of Bejaia in Algeria is under study.

According to the head of Khuzestan Province’s Ports and Maritime Department, the Algerian delegation visited the facilities and achievements of the Iranian ports, investigating areas of cooperation, notably; sea pollution, loading and unloading of vessels, and private sector”s participation in the development of ports” infrastructure.

Adel Daris, noted that “so far, the two sides have emphasized development of educational cooperation in port issues and the transfer of knowledge and experience.” And he pointed to the sister city agreement between the two countries” ports as the beginning of a move towards further development of technical cooperation in ports and maritime sector.

During their visit, the Algerian side said that the main goal of their trip was cooperation between the ports of the two countries; saying that maritime transport, transfer of technical knowledge and ultimately increasing the level of commercial exchanges were among the key capabilities that could be used to realize the sisterhood agreement.

The Algerian delegation highlighted that Emam Khomeini Port, as a focal point for grain unloading and loading, has great opportunities for private sector’s investment, and that could be a valuable and inspiring model for Algeria to share such experiences with.

 

Source: Tehran Times

 

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