A high level Iranian delegation of 30 members led by Federal Minister for Roads and Urbanization of Iran, His Excellency Mr. Abbas Akhundi, visited Karachi Port Trust on 13th April 2018 to explore avenues available under the CPEC regime in Pakistan. The delegation was warmly received by Chairman KPT at the KPT Head Office. The delegation took keen interest in the deepwater container port project of KPT along with other future projects like multipurpose bulk terminal, Cargo Village, LNG Terminal, Port Elevated Expressway, etc during the briefing given by Chairman KPT Rear Admiral Jamil Akhtar.
The delegation was briefed about KPT infrastructure, the overall setup and the ensuing discussion specifically focussed on the avenues of investments available to private sector in Pakistan marine sector. The Chairman KPT, Rear Admiral Jamil Akhtar also highlighted the port expansion programme taking place under the 10 Years Karachi Port Improvement Programme while briefing and discussing the investment opportunities with the Iranian Federal Minister, His Excellency Mr. Abbas Akhundi.
The delegation complimented the development works and offered to change and to join hands for an interconnection linkage of KPT and Bandar Abbas. His Excellency Mr. Abbas Akhundi showed interest in development of tourism between the two brotherly nations for ziyarat aspirants. His Excellency Akhundi also showed interest in transhipment cargo handling and in this regards he said that ample space of 204,000 hectares is available in Bandar Abbas along with a railway network of 600 km.
The Chairman KPT Rear Admiral Jamil Akhtar also took the delegation to witness the Control Room operations of the South Asia Pakistan Terminals Limited (SAPTL) at the Deepwater Container Port site. Additionally, the delegation was further briefed about the operational and administrative setup of SAPTL.
Later the souvenirs were exchanged between His Excellency Mr. Abbas Akhundi and the Chairman KPT Rear Admiral Jamil Akhtar which concluded the proceedings of the day.