Tokyo set to enhance economic ties with Tehran: envoy
The Japanese ambassador to Tehran said that his country will make efforts to pave the way for the expansion of economic ties between the two states.
Akio Shirota said in a meeting with the director of Hormozgan Province''s Ports and Maritime Organization that Shahid Rajaii port in Bandar Abbas (capital city of Hormozgan) is an important seaport not only for Iran, but also for whole the region.
He said that efforts will be made to highlight for Japanese businesses the advantages of investing in Bandar Abbas economic zones, the Mehr news agency reported on Sunday.
The director of Hormozgan Ports and Maritime Organization dubbed Bandar Abbas as the economic hub of Iran, and stated despite the global economic meltdown Shahid Rajaii port showed an increase in operations in 2009.
Mohammad-Reza Ashkriz said the port is run by both the public sector and private sector, and expressed hope that it will soon transport 25 percent of its loads entering the seaport by railway.
He pointed out that Rajaii Port is an important location in the North-South corridor, and added that the rapid movement of goods and high security has led Iran to be the best place for the transit of shipments.