Islamabad-Tehran-Istanbul Road Corridor becomes operational for Trade.
• Historic step to enhance trade.
• River of commerce among three countries
• A decade old dream fulfilled
Under the Transports Clients as part Routiers (TIR) treaty, the first received The national Logistics Company (NLC) trucks transporting commodities from Pakistan arrived in Turkey via Iran.The inauguration of the tri-national highway system was commemorated with a celebration at Istanbul’s Murat Bey Customs Post.
Administration officials from the Turkish Ministry of Transport and Transportation systems, Ministry of Trade, Chamber of Commerce & Commodity Transactions of Turkey (TOBB), International Road Transport Union (IRU), ECO Secretariat, Transport Ministry of the Islamic Republic of Iran, NLC, members and representatives of the Turkish private sector involved in transportation, and Pakistan Diplomat to Turkey, Muhammad Syrus Qazi, followed by Pakistan Embassy and Embassy staff General lawmakers. The development was praised by all stakeholders as a critical step toward improving connectivity and trade between Pakistan and Turkey.
River of Commerce
In his remarks, Syrus Qazi put emphasis on Pakistan’s focus on geoeconomics and the importance of regional connections in this respect. He praised the NLC truck testing as a historic gesture that will improve road connections between Pakistan and Turkey while also promoting bilateral trade.
Logistics chief of Turkey’s Union of Chambers and Commodity Exchanges Asli Calik said, “It is an extremely important corridor for the development of our road trade with the Middle East and regional countries.”
A Decade old Dream
Turkey’s Trade Ministry and its counterparts in Iran and Pakistan had envisioned the project under the aegis of ECO about a decade ago. The three countries agreed to establish the road transport corridor at the 8th Meeting of ECO Ministers of Transport and Communications in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan, in 2011.