According to officials, the inauguration of Chabahar port will be started after the formation of a joint committee by the transport ministries of Afghanistan, Iran and India.
Afghanistan in the near future will also have trade transit route through Central Asia that will connect the country with Europe.
“We are completely ready to use the Chabahar port and India is also trying to access the central Asia through this port,” said Fawzia Ehsani, deputy minister of commerce and industry.
Afghanistan Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ACCI) also welcomed the inauguration of Chabahar port, saying the government should make further efforts to use this port.
“We call on the government to start this program as soon as possible that the private sector can increase activities,” said Sayam Pesarlay, the spokesman of ACCI.
Chabahar Port, located in the Sistan-Balochistan province on the energy-rich Persian Gulf nation’s southern coast, lies outside the Persian Gulf and is easily accessed from India’s western coast, bypassing Pakistan.
The port is likely to ramp up trade between India, Afghanistan and Iran in the wake of Pakistan denying transit access to New Delhi for trade with the two countries.
India has been closely working with Afghanistan to create alternate and reliable access routes, bypassing Pakistan.
Easier connectivity to Afghanistan is key for India to step up its economic engagement with Kabul, which Washington has called for as part of its new policy to stabilize the war torn country.